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Belgium in grip of ‘fourth wave’ as Covid cases and deaths surge

Belgium in grip of ‘fourth wave’ as Covid cases and deaths surge
‘The numbers are not good’, the Belgian health minister said

比利时 is in the grip of afourth wave” 的 冠状病毒病 as virus 案例, hospitalisations and deaths surge, health minister Frank Vandenbroucke has warned.

With a population of just over 11.5 百万, the country has recorded more than 3,000 infections every day since 13 十月 – an increase of around 50 前一周的百分比.

一些 6,552 cases were logged on 20 October alone.

从 11 至 17 十月, an average of almost 12 people died per day from Covid-19, 增加 32 per cent when compared to the previous seven-day period.

This brings the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium to 25,816.

Despite nearly three-quarters of the people having had both vaccine doses, hospitalisations have increased by more than 50 per cent on last week.

The numbers are not good. We are clearly in a fourth wave,” Mr Vandenbroucke told the VRT network.

That in itself was to be expected, but we are going to see a very sharp increase in the numbers in the coming days,” 他说.

“很遗憾, there will also be a steep increase in the number of hospital admissions. We are going to have to brace ourselves to tackle the fourth wave.

Ministers recently relaxed Belgium’s mandatory use of facemasks but are now encouraging the public to use them again to help prevent the spread of the virus.

The health minister also said he wants to make home-working mandatory across all regions as the flu season approaches.

Even if the total numbers are still manageable, there are worries about the curve spiking again despite high vaccination rates.

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