Contaminations and hospitalizations continue to increase throughout the country. More and more restrictive measures follow one another. The provinces of Walloon Brabant and Luxembourg have a curfew between 1am and 6am.
The numbers are there. Rather alarming in terms of increase, but remaining, for the time being, at a manageable level for hospitals. However, more and more of them are transferring patients – while in Brussels many intensive care units (ICU) already see 25% of their beds occupied by Covid patients – and also canceling non-urgent care. There is currently 1,329 patients hospitalized in our country, including 243 in intensive care.
“We are gradually moving [des contaminations] towards older people. ”
“The number of new cases is doubling every eight days.” And if this continues, Belgium could reach the 10,000 new contaminations per day at the end of the week, according to infectious disease specialist Yves Van Laethem … The 20-29 year olds remain the most affected, but “we are gradually moving towards older people”, he notes. If the current pace continues, 500 patients would be in ICU by the end of the month, and presumably 1,000 in November, while there were 1,250 in the spring.
Poorly observed rules
Brussels and Wallonia are the regions most affected. But what needs to be done to stem this continuous rise the number of positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths? For many experts, the solution is simple: respect the rules. We mean here social distancing, wearing a mask, limiting contact … To be properly applied, the rules must be well understood, which is not always the case. Like the bubble of 3, while 4 guests are allowed at home and 10 people in the restaurant …
New rules came into force in Wallonia on Friday, including the closure of cafes at 11 p.m. Their effects will not be felt for ten or even fifteen days. But already voices are rising to do more.
We must curb those who do not restrict their social contacts. Besides, Brussels adopted tougher measures, by completely closing its bars and cafes. The provinces of Liège, Hainaut, Luxembourg and Namur have ordered the closure of sports club refreshments. These measures, which aim to limit the risk of contamination, must above all make it possible to spread hospitalizations over time. In Flanders, the entire sports world will switch to orange from Wednesday, banning close-quarters indoor sports. On the side of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Minister of Sports Valérie Glatigny (MR) planned to meet on Tuesday with all the sports federations to make a point.
A curfew in Walloon Brabant and Luxembourg
A curfew was also under consideration on Monday in Wallonia. And Gilles Mahieu, the governor of Walloon Brabant, the province most affected by the increase in cases, took the decision this Monday evening to put his province under curfew between 1 and 6 a.m. for two weeks.
From October 13 at midnight, it will therefore be It is forbidden to be on the road or in public spaces between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., except for urgent medical trips, for cases of force majeure, to assist vulnerable people, to go to or return from his place of work or as part of a trip abroad.
From this Tuesday, citizens over the age of 12 will be required to be in possession of a mask at all times.
In the process, it is the governor of the province of Luxembourg Olivier Schmitz who took the decision to ban non-essential trips from 1 am to 6 am from Wednesday October 14 for a renewable period of two weeks.
Other measures will apply from October 13 at midnight, but in the whole of Wallonia this time:
- Citizens aged over 12 will be required to be in possession of a mask at all times.
- The wearing a mask will be compulsory in queues, public buildings, cemeteries during funerals and during All Saints’ Day (October 30 to November 3).
- Any activity involving door-to-door for children (we are targeting here the activities ofHalloween) is prohibited in Walloon Brabant.
- Event organizers for party rooms, receptions and other banquets also have the obligation to declare these events by email to the police zone concerned, at the latest 24 hours in advance, mentioning in particular the time and the number of people expected.
On the side of “amplifications of previous measures”, the ban on consuming alcohol in public spaces, initially imposed between 1 am and 6 am, is extended to the whole day. It will also be forbidden to consume food and drinks in flea markets, markets and similar, places where the mask is otherwise compulsory.
The number of jobs lost, bankruptcies … It will kill more people than the Covid.
With such measures, we are not further from a real re-containment, a difficult decision for politicians who are already facing a sling from the world of catering. And given the consequences, in the short, medium and long term, a re-containment is very scary for some experts.
“The number of jobs lost, bankruptcies … It will kill more people than the Covid”, explained, worried, doctor Philippe El Haddad, medical director general of Chirec. Healthcare professionals also point to the risks to mental health, already observed during the first confinement. It’s all about the balance in risk management. Yet fights between experts, on which politicians depend for knowledge of the situation, are raging …
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