Yves Van Laethem warns: “The significant drop is not happening” (video)

“The occupancy rate of hospitals is currently at a high level,” explained the interfederal spokesperson.

Posted on 04/16/2021 at 11:19 am

Through Writing with Belga

La significant drop is not happening, ”warned Yves Van Laethem. “The occupancy rate of hospitals is currently at a high level,” assured the interfederal spokesperson at a press conference on Friday, April 16.

Yves Van Laethem also provided an update on the vaccination of health personnel in nursing homes. There are strong disparities depending on the region, with much greater vaccination coverage in Flanders (86.5%) than in Wallonia (58.2%) and Brussels (47%). “If we try to see why people refuse this vaccination, in the vast majority of cases, there is no medical reason,” explains the infectious disease specialist. There is clearly a blockage in relation to vaccination in some people, both at the level of staff and at the level of residents. The reasons for this refusal will have to be explored in order to try to improve these scores, which are not good in Wallonia and Brussels. “

The Crisis Center also took stock of the end of the ban on non-essential overseas travel. “This is not the open door to do anything, warned Antoine Iseux of the National Crisis Center. Now is not the time to travel … if we can avoid these trips. It is still strongly advised not to travel abroad because the virus is still circulating there a lot. “

Between April 9 and April 15, there were an average of 239.9 hospital admissions per day due to coronavirus, a decrease of 5% from the previous reporting period, according to figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute updated Friday morning. In total, 3,032 people are still hospitalized due to covid (-3%), including 930 patients treated in intensive care (+ 2%).

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Between April 6 and 12, 3,884 new Sars-CoV-2 infections were detected on average per day, an increase of 8% compared to the previous week. Since the start of the pandemic in Belgium, 939,309 cases of coronavirus infection have been diagnosed.

Over the same period, an average of 40.6 people died per day from the virus (+ 3.3%), bringing the toll to 23,636 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Belgium.

Reproduction rate at 0.94

Nearly 43,300 tests on average were also performed daily (-20%), for a positivity rate of 9.5%.

The virus’s reproduction rate is 0.94. When it is greater than 1, this indicator means that the epidemic is tending to accelerate.

The incidence, which indicates the average number of new daily cases per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 455.8 over 14 days.

Finally, 2,058,737 people have been vaccinated so far, of which some 660,000 have received two doses. The current average is 55,600 vaccines administered per day (+ 45%).


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