Coronavirus in Belgium – LATEST NEWS: 536 new hospitalizations, “the peak of the epidemic expected in the coming weeks”

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The coronavirus in Belgium impacts the daily lives of millions of people around the planet. Here you will find the latest information related to its spread on Belgian territory.

Here is the feed of the latest information on coronavirus in Belgium.

The crisis center and the FPS Public Health draws up its daily report

> CONFIRMED CASES

1,298 new confirmed cases have been reported in the past 24 hours; 857 (66%) in Flanders, 256 (20%) in Wallonia, and 164 (13%) in Brussels. Data not available or residence abroad for 21 cases (2%).

220 people died since the start of the epidemic.

To date, a total of 6,235 confirmed cases have been reported; 3,880 cases (62%) in Flanders, 1,490 (24%) cases in Wallonia, and 709 (11%) cases in Brussels. Data on place of residence were not available for 156 cases (3%).

> HOSPITALIZATIONS

In the past 24 hours, 536 patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized and 128 people left the hospital. Between March 15 and March 25, 2,844 patients with COVID-19 were admitted to the hospital and 675 people were discharged.

No more screenings

Since the beginning of March, the number of daily tests carried out by the laboratories (the national reference center and the other clinical laboratories which carry out the test) has increased. Over several days, more than 2,000 tests were performed per day. The percentage of positive tests shows an increasing trend, with a percentage of around 30% in recent days.

This upward trend is explained by the combination of increased circulation of the virus, a stricter possible case definition, and the use of laboratory triage systems, which have given priority to the most urgent samples.

The peak expected around the beginning of April

The Covid-19 epidemic is still in its ascending phase in Belgium, stressed during the daily press point the virologist Emmanuel Andre, inter-federal spokesperson for the fight against the coronavirus. According to the scenarios followed and “taking into account the mobilization of the whole population to respect the measures”, the peak is expected “in the coming weeks”, around the beginning of April.

Benoît Ramacker, spokesman for the crisis center, for his part declared that it was still too early to decide on a possible reopening of schools after Easter or any relaxation of containment measures. “It is more important than ever to respect the measures, at the risk of having to extend them.”

Belgium will not take patients from abroad

Belgium will not take patients with the new coronavirus from abroad. Requests to do so from Dutch hospitals and Italy have been refused, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes’ cabinet reported to the newspaper ‘De Tijd’.

As more and more states fear the saturation of their health care system in the face of the influx of patients with Covid-19, calls for European solidarity are becoming more and more pressing. You can find more information here.

“Capharnaum” in the distribution of masks to home nurses

The distribution of masks to the home nursing sector took place on March 25 “in a most total shambles”, denounces Wednesday evening the Nursing Crisis Unit, which brings together several associations of independent nurses (FIIB, AIIB, CIFI …). The lists of providers were found to be inaccurate.

“In many regions the listings are outdated, retired or deceased providers are still registered, active nurses are not there, and the number of masks (50 per nurse) does not does not match the number of providers “, reports the cell by way of press release. So that “the frontline actors not listed will not receive protective equipment”, warns the sector.

The cell notes that field nurses have taken the initiative to update the list of providers, but deplores that “the provincial governors refuse to refer to it”. A cadastre has been claimed for more than 10 years, point out the associations of independent nurses. “The home nursing sector has more than enough!” Scold providers in the press release.

Police want clearer rules for engaging in outdoor activities

The police are asking the National Security Council for clearer directives on cycling, walking and running, which have been subject to various interpretations since the introduction of containment, wrote De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad on Thursday.

The Chamber will grant this Thursday to the governmentWilmes special powers

The House will give the government special powers on Thursday to allow it to take swift action on the coronavirus pandemic. Ten parties have co-signed a bill which will be voted on in the plenary session in the afternoon.

135,000 self-employed have requested replacement income

About 135,000 freelancers have applied for a replacement income, said the federal Minister of Independents and SMEs, Denis Ducarme, in L’Echo Thursday.

The Limburg municipality of Bocholt to close a border crossing to the Netherlands

The municipality of Bocholt in the province of Limburg will close a border crossing with the Netherlands on Thursday at midnight. Only one passage will remain open in the municipality to access the neighboring country. The local police will carry out strict controls there as part of the measures taken to stem the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Prisoners refused to reintegrate their cells in Leuze-en-Hainaut

Some prisoners in Leuze prison refused to return to their cells late Wednesday afternoon. The recalcitrant prisoners demand the free telephone and more canteen products. The police were called to the scene.

Walloon Fablabs are developing prototypes to fight the Covid-19

Walloon digital manufacturing and prototyping laboratories (Fablabs) are mobilizing in the face of covid-19. A prototype respirator will be presented Thursday by the Makilab of Louvain-la-Neuve and another syringe pump (PSE) is being developed at Trakk, the creative hub of Namur, their representatives announced on Wednesday.

UZ Brussels performs lung scans on all new patients

All patients at UZ Brussels have been subjected to a lung scan since Monday upon arrival to detect possible signs of Covid-19 infection, according to information released on Wednesday by Bruzz and confirmed by the spokesperson for Gina Volkaert hospital. These scans have been performed for 15 days on patients with symptoms of Covid-19. “These CT scans of the lungs allow you to see immediately if there are visible infections in the lungs,” explains Gina Volkaert.

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