Municipality exceeds alarm threshold … after one corona infection (Lo-Reninge)

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Lo-Reninge exceeds alarm threshold due to 1 contamination.
Photo: Sciensano

Lo-Reninge –
Lo-Reninge has turned red on the map of Sciensano since Saturday. This means that the alert threshold of 20 infections per 100,000 inhabitants has been exceeded. However, Lo-Reninge currently has only one resident who is infected with the corona virus.


Vleteren, a neighboring municipality of Lo-Reninge, recently made the news because the municipality turned dark red on the map of Sciensano, despite the fact that only two residents were infected with the corona virus. Now Lo-Reninge has also turned red since Saturday.

No need to panic

“However, only one resident is infected,” responds Mayor Lode Morlion (Dynamic). “The fact that Lo-Reninge turns red is because Sciensano converts the number of infections to 100,000 inhabitants. For a small municipality like Lo-Reninge with only 3,291 inhabitants, 1 infection immediately means 30 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. As a result, the alert threshold of 20 infections per 100,000 inhabitants has been exceeded and Lo-Reninge is turning red on the map. But that is a totally distorted picture that is not consistent with reality. So there is absolutely no reason to panic, but of course we remain very alert. ”

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