Coronavirus: Belgium updates its testing strategy, changes from November 23

In recent days, the number of positive cases for Covid-19 detected in Belgium has decreased significantly, against the backdrop of reinforced measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

LAsymptomatic people who have been in contact with a positive case of Covid-19 will be able to be tested again “from the week of November 23”, the Belga agency learned from a good source, confirming information from RTBF.

This decision in principle was taken Saturday by the various health ministers of the country during an interministerial conference.

According to RTBF, tests for asymptomatic people who have been in contact with a positive case will resume on Monday, November 23.

To alleviate the pressure on test centers and labs, in the midst of the second wave of the coronavirus, the ministers of health and the coronavirus commissioner Pedro Facon decided on Monday, October 19 to review the screening strategy “at least until the 15th November ”. It was then decided that asymptomatic people would no longer be tested but that they should respect a quarantine of 10 days.

This Monday, November 9, the interfederal spokesperson for Covid-19 Yves Van Laethem had suggested that an expansion of testing could occur “in the second half of November, when the new platform which is to help clinical laboratories will be fully implemented to potentially expand the tests to more than 100,000 per day ”.

In recent days, the number of positive cases for Covid-19 detected in Belgium has decreased significantly, against the backdrop of reinforced measures against the spread of the coronavirus. The number of people hospitalized in intensive care remains high, however, with 1,457 intensive care beds occupied on Friday, while the number of daily deaths is still increasing. According to the latest figures released by Sciensano on Saturday, the number of daily deaths averaged 201 in the seven-day period from November 4 to 10.

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