Coronavirus: “We hardly control what is happening”, according to the Minister of Health, Frank Vandenbroucke

The Minister of Health, Frank Vandenbroucke returned to the second wave of Covid-19 contaminations which hit Belgium as well as the latest measures taken by the Consultation Committee.

Frank Vandenbroucke, Minister of Health (sp.a) was the guest of the program “C’est pas tous les jours dimanche” on RTL TVI. Minister Vandenbroucke returned to the second wave of Covid-19 contamination that hit Belgium as well as the latest measures taken by the Concertation Committee. We are

Franck Vandenbroucke has sounded the alarm bell. He recalled the gravity of the situation in Wallonia and Brussels. “We are the most affected region in Europe (…) It is almost a tsunami, that is to say that we hardly control what is happening”.

The Minister of Health and Social Affairs insisted on the importance of barrier gestures. ” Protect yourself ! (…) Limit your contacts to the strict minimum ”, hammered Frank Vandenbroucke.

Mr Vandenbroucke also insisted that the virus was no one’s fault, “No one should blame anyone”.

With the new measures taken at the Concertation Committee on Friday, the Flemish socialist already hopes to see an improvement in the epidemiological situation within 15 days. Regarding the deadline represented by the end of the year celebrations, Franck Vandenbroucke remains vague, but hopes that they can take place as normally as possible.

Figures still on the rise

A total of 2,255 Covid-19 patients are currently hospitalized in Belgium, including 381 in intensive care, according to the Sunday morning update of the provisional figures communicated by the Sciensano Public Health Institute. The average number of new daily contaminations, calculated between 8 and 14 October, continues to increase and now stands at 7,388.1 (+ 88%).

Between October 11 and 17, hospitalizations therefore continued to increase, with an average of 233.9 daily admissions (+ 96%). There are therefore now 2,255 patients hospitalized for Covid-19 in Belgian hospitals, of which 381 are in intensive care.

Between October 8 and October 14, the virus killed more than 28 people (+13) on average per day.

Nearly 10,400 deaths

Since the start of the epidemic in Belgium, 213,115 people have tested positive for Covid-19 and 10,392 have died.

The test positivity rate, i.e. the proportion of positive people out of all those tested, has now reached 14.2% nationally.

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