Steven Van Gucht: “We now see the iceberg under water a lot …

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An average of 550 people a day contracted the corona virus in the past week, an increase of 46 percent. Steven Van Gucht said this at the press conference of the Crisis Center.


“The figures seem to have stabilized, but we have to be careful. The increase has fallen very sharply in the province of Antwerp, but that does mean that the increase is very strong in Brussels, among others. In the Brussels Region, for example, this is an increase of 150 percent. ”

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For the time being, we don’t see the major dramas like during the first wave in hospitals and residential care centers, says Van Gucht. “This has to do with the fact that we are better prepared. We can now see the iceberg under water much better. Now it is important to act before the iceberg emerges and causes damage. After all, the virus is still just as strong. ”

“Autumn will be very difficult”

Combating the epidemic requires an integrated approach, says Van Gucht. “The totality of measures is greater than the sum of its parts.” He is talking about wearing mouth masks and keeping his distance. “Contact tracing is also important. For the detection of infected people, we also need tests on the people who really need them. Belgium has developed a large test capacity. We have a capacity of about 30,000 tests per day. ”

This fall promises to be difficult. “Many other viruses, such as the flu and colds, will circulate that will be difficult to distinguish from the coronavirus. That’s why we’re going to have to do a lot more tests than we do now. ” The basis for this has been laid by the ministers, says Van Gucht. “They have an ambitious plan to fix that.”

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