Corona news: number of infections in Belgium continues to rise, doctors are concerned about teenagers


In this live blog we will keep you informed on Monday about all events surrounding the corona crisis in Brabant.

Volunteer aid to those in need has failed during the lockdown despite the influx of many new people. The corona help and volunteer platform NL concludes this on the basis of research by the Rotterdam School of Management. According to that study, a third of the people who have been asked for assistance have experienced a shortage of aid.

Heineken has seen a slight recovery since the bottom of the corona crisis in April. However, the brewer still calls the situation surrounding the corona virus ‘mobile and uncertain’. Heineken confirmed the preliminary figures that the company released for the first half of last month. The company suffered a loss, mainly because the catering industry was affected in many important markets.

PostNL achieved higher sales and profit in the second quarter, helped by the corona crisis. Because of the virus outbreak and the measures to prevent it from spreading, people more often ordered online and the postal and parcel company was busier delivering parcels at home.

The number of new coronavirus infections in Belgium continues to increase. From July 24 to 30, this involved an average of 490 cases per day, an increase of 68 percent compared to a week earlier. This is evident on Sunday from the data from health institute Sciensano.

The number of hospital admissions has also increased significantly. In the past week, an average of 24 people a day with Covid-19 were hospitalized. That is an increase of 60 percent within a week.

Youth doctors are concerned about the well-being of teenagers. Due to the corona crisis, the investigation of 14- to 16-year-olds in consultation centers in most locations has come to a complete standstill. “We do not now see whether they are depressed, while this entire corona time has an impact on this group,” said one person in the AD.

Youth doctors preventively monitor the development of children, give the vaccinations, check hearing and sight and monitor their well-being. Checks of schoolchildren and interim agreements in particular were canceled in various regions. The study of 14 to 16-year-olds has even come to a complete standstill in most locations. The Netherlands Center for Youth Health Care (NCJ) calls the dropout ‘risky’.

The number of coronavirus infections worldwide passed 18 million on Monday. The death toll now stands at almost 687,000, reports AFP news agency after counting official figures. 1 million cases have been added since Thursday. Then the limit of 17 million was broken.


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