31 C
Accra
Friday, November 27, 2020
No menu items!

Coronavirus: Belgium facing ‘tsunami’ of new infections

Must Read

Online Publication Of Voters’ Register

NEWS COMMENTARY ON PUBLISHING VOTERS REGISTER ON GOOGLE DRIVE BY THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION. The Electoral Commission (EC) this week posted...

EC to deploy 234,206 officials for Election 2020

The Electoral Commission (EC) will deploy 234,206 permanent and non-permanent officials across the country to perform electoral duties on...

Journalists charged to ensure accurate and balanced reportage in lead up to the polls

A Senior Lecturer and Media Consultant to the Ghana Journalists Association, GJA, Dr. Bonnah Koomson has advised journalists not...

Belgium could soon be overwhelmed by new coronavirus infections, the health minister has warned, amid soaring case numbers across the country.

Frank Vandenbroucke said new cases were close to a “tsunami” where authorities “no longer control what is happening”. New measures to try to halt the spread came into force on Monday. All bars and restaurants are closed for four weeks. Infection numbers are climbing throughout Europe, prompting new restrictions across the continent.

Italy announced a raft of measures on Sunday after recording its highest daily infection rate, while nine major French cities have been placed under curfew. The Czech Republic – which has the highest infection rate on the continent – is considering a full national lockdown.

Belgium was one of the worst-hit countries during Europe’s first wave of coronavirus earlier this year. Over-all it has the third-highest number of Covid-related deaths per 100,000 people globally, behind only Peru and San Marino, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

From Monday, under new government restrictions designed to tackle the fresh outbreak, residents will only be allowed to see one other person from outside their household and should work from home if possible. A curfew is in place from midnight until 05:00 for the next month and alcohol sales are banned from 20:00.

Mr Vandenbroucke described the situation in the capital Brussels and in the south of the country as “the most dangerous in all of Europe”. The government “has only one message to the public: protect yourself, protect your loved ones, so as not to be contaminated”, he told broadcaster RTL.

According to the Belgian health institute Sciensano, Belgium has recorded an average of 7,876 new daily infections over the last seven days, a 79% rise on the previous week. Last Tuesday the country reported 12,051 cases in 24 hours, its highest daily figure since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations have also risen, with 2,485 people in hospital with Covid-19 on Monday. Officials warn that if cases continue to rise at the same rate, Belgium will fill its capacity of 2,000 intensive care beds by mid-November. “The situation is serious,” Prime Minister Alexander De Croo told RTL. “It is worse than on March 18 when the lockdown was decided.”

SourceBBC

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Online Publication Of Voters’ Register

NEWS COMMENTARY ON PUBLISHING VOTERS REGISTER ON GOOGLE DRIVE BY THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION. The Electoral Commission (EC) this week posted...

EC to deploy 234,206 officials for Election 2020

The Electoral Commission (EC) will deploy 234,206 permanent and non-permanent officials across the country to perform electoral duties on December 7. The number comprised 1,649...

Journalists charged to ensure accurate and balanced reportage in lead up to the polls

A Senior Lecturer and Media Consultant to the Ghana Journalists Association, GJA, Dr. Bonnah Koomson has advised journalists not to be swayed by their...

UG Survey: I am focused on winning December polls with hard work and won’t be complacent – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has been speaking on recent polls putting him ahead of his main contender in the 2020 elections. Surveys by pollster Ben Ephson, the...

Chinese doctors jailed for illegal organ harvesting from accident victims

Six people including several doctors have been jailed in China for illegally harvesting organs from accident victims. The group had tricked the families of...

More Articles Like This