There is a good chance that next week we will evolve to an average of 1,000 covid-19 infections per day, says virologist Marc Van Ranst (KU Leuven). “The problem is that the measures are being called into question”, it read in De Zevende Dag on Sunday. “Also by the government.”
Virologists call the sharp increase in the number of new infections (+38 percent) “alarming”. The Sciensano figures show that between 3 September and 9 September an average of 636 people were infected every day, next week we will probably increase to 1,000 a day. “Accelerating the figures is not a good sign,” said Steven Van Gucht of Sciensano. “It should stabilize.” He insists on the importance of the measures. “We will have to maintain discipline.”
But that’s where the shoe pinches, says virologist Marc Van Ranst The Seventh Day on a. “The measures that are in place are fine. The problem is that they are now being questioned. Opinion pieces are appearing everywhere, but the government is doing it as well. That way you create the idea among the population that it is not all that bad and that the measures are exaggerated. And so you get another increase. “
According to the virologist, it is not serious to question the effectiveness of the measures. “It’s very simple: if the measures are applied, the numbers will go down. If they are not followed, the numbers will go up – and you need new measures again.” In recent days there has been a lot to do about the mandatory mouth mask in schools, for example, but also the “bubble” and the compulsory quarantine for those who have come into contact with an infected person are regularly criticized. Van Ranst emphasizes that it is not the measures that harm the economy, but the virus.
Next week will be the litmus test of the contact tracing. “If the number of infections exceeds the capacity of contact tracing”, Van Ranst also explains, “then you have a problem. Because then there is a chance that not all people will be reached – that is not happening now – and it can be. you get a further continuation of the epidemic. “
All in all, hospital admissions and the number of deaths remain reasonably low, the infections are currently mainly situated among the young population. “If you look at the evolution in Spain, you also first had infections in young people. And then people think that it is going to stay that way, it is not. In parts of France and Spain you see the infections seeping from the young to the young. older population. And then you do get more hospitalizations and deaths. That’s what you want to avoid. “