Elio Di Rupo: “If that does not work within a fortnight, then I fear that we will have more strict confinement”

The Walloon Minister-President asks citizens to respect the measures in the hope of having a more “human” month of December.

Elio Di Rupo was the guest of Bel RTL this Monday morning. The Minister-President of the Walloon Region warned the Belgians: “For the moment, the line of conduct is confinement without isolation, to leave freedom outside, so that people understand that inside it. contacts must be limited. If that doesn’t work within a fortnight, then I’m afraid we will have stricter containment. “

“The situation is such that if we do not take strict measures now, the months of December and January will be in the same situation as now. I have a piece of advice to citizens: resist now in the hope of having a humane, humanized month of December. If we don’t, nothing will change. Hospitals will find themselves in a cataclysmic situation and the situation will be the same in December and January. “

For the socialist, it was impossible to avoid this new confinement, “given the dizzying spread, much greater than in February-March. “

Elio Di Rupo is pleased, however, that during the last Consultative Committee, “everyone made an effort. We came out with identical measures everywhere ”even if he regrets the words of Bart De Wever, who called for a shopping sunday in Antwerp this weekend, considering that it was “a major error” and “irresponsibility”.

Belgium has recorded an average of 113 daily deaths due to the coronavirus between October 23 and 29 inclusive, it emerged Monday morning from the provisional assessment of the Sciensano Public Health Institute. At least 11,737 people have succumbed to Sars-CoV-2 since the start of the pandemic.

In the same period, an average of 15,582 new cases (+ 14%) were recorded per day. A total of 441,018 infections have been counted since the start of the epidemic.

The incidence, which reflects the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, stands at 1,781.1 (+ 123%).

Hospital admissions reached a daily average of 655.9 between November 26 and 1, a 40% increase. Currently, 6,823 people are hospitalized due to Covid-19 (+ 5%), including 1,223 in intensive care (+ 5%).

The test positivity rate, i.e. the proportion of positive people out of all those tested, has now reached 29.1% nationally.


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