Live blog: More than 10,000 corona deaths in our country, increase in the number of infections is slower


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A total of 10,000 corona deaths in our country, the increase in the number of new corona infections is slower

A sad milestone has been passed: more than 10,000 people in our country have now died of the corona virus. Worldwide, the milestone of 1 million corona deaths was passed yesterday.

In the meantime, the number of confirmed infections in our country continues to rise, but the increase is now much slower than a week ago. According to the latest weekly figures, 1,551 confirmed infections were added every day. That is 9 percent more than the week before.

There are also again more COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital, averaging 67 admissions per day, and an increase of 28 percent compared to the previous 7-day average.

Yesterday, 84 new patients were added, while 85 people were allowed to leave the hospital. There are now a total of 718 people in the hospital. 150 of them are in intensive care. Of that group, 73 patients have to be ventilated.


The Belgian corona app can now be downloaded for free by anyone in Belgium

After months of delay, “Coron-alert”, the Belgian corona app, is launched today to the general public, everyone can download the app for free. Coronalert serves to track down contacts of people who are infected with the corona virus. CoronAlert is to help the contact trackers to stop the spread of the virus.


Disney theme parks closed for months, 28,000 jobs at risk

The American entertainment company Disney plans to cut 28,000 jobs in its theme parks in the US. The measure is a result of the ongoing impact of the corona crisis.

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Kom op tegen Kanker sells 193,363 azaleas and brings in 1,353,541 million

The 26th Plant Weekend of Kom op tegen Kanker raised 1,353,541 euros this year. The amount is lower than last year. But because the plants (azaleas) were only sold online this year due to the corona crisis, the organization still speaks of a success.

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No decision yet on coronabarometer: consultation again next Monday at the latest

The Consultation Committee has not yet been able to give the green light for the epidemic barometer, which must indicate per management level how the corona epidemic is evolving. This was heard at the cabinet of Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès. Wilmès announced after last Wednesday’s National Security Council that the barometer would be introduced. The intention is to reach consensus on this in the Consultation Committee.

Today a state of affairs was drawn up, and the Consultation Committee will meet again next Monday at the latest. In the meantime, the Celeval experts are examining the concrete measures that must be linked to the thresholds of the barometer. In view of the epidemiological situation, the committee may also meet earlier than Monday if necessary.

The talks that took place on Tuesday evening show that it is not necessary at this stage to take further urgent measures at national level, Wilmès said. Governors and mayors can act in a more targeted manner, they will retain that option.


“You’re between four walls, you’re trapped”: the “loneliness virus” flares up in the elderly due to corona

The corona crisis is also causing a flare-up of the loneliness virus. And here too, the elderly are often the hardest hit. Many feel lonely because social contacts were lost or certain activities were no longer allowed. In the meantime, the autumn and Christmas period also seem to be under pressure. “To the point” went to some elderly people who had a hard time during the lockdown:


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