Pierre Van Damme: “We have to be realistic and the option of …


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With more than 3,000 people with Covid-19 in Belgian hospitals, an average of 33 deaths per day and hospitals filling up, it is high time to take new measures, according to epidemiologist Pierre Van Damme. A lockdown does not rule out Van Damme either. He tells Het Laatste Nieuws on Thursday morning.

“If we look abroad, we see that certain countries are going into lockdown and the situation is even less worrying there than with us. We have to be realistic and put that option on the table along with other measures, “Van Damme responded to the question of whether there should be a new lockdown. Microbiologist Emmanuel André has previously argued for a lockdown. us still remains to bring the curve down.

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Relaxed too quickly

Last Friday, the Consultation Committee announced new measures, the results of these new measures are not yet visible: “It is still too early, but the question is whether they are sufficient to bend the curve and especially to lower those numbers. ”, says Van Damme.

“Nobody wants a lockdown, but we see that the situation is day after day not favorable but worrying. Together with many experts and together with politicians, we are therefore looking at what is feasible to keep crowds apart. Because we must do everything we can to stop infections and reduce the pressure on healthcare. For example, this can also be translated into even more measures for the sports and culture sector. ”

Together with the Czech Republic, Belgium is a hotspot in Europe. Our figures are poor compared to other countries. And that while we were initially among the best in the class. According to Van Damme, this is also due to the relaxation of this summer. “Relaxation came when that was actually not the right time. But now we have to look ahead and see how we can learn from that. But we have to take all possible measures now.”(lto)

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