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/ Brussels –
“We are close to a tsunami” in Brussels and Wallonia. Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke (SP.A) said this Sunday afternoon at RTL. According to him, the “tsunami” means that “we no longer have any control over what is happening”.
“If the numbers continue to rise, hospital admissions will lead to more and more ‘non-Covid’ concerns being postponed,” said Vandenbroucke, adding “that health conditions in Wallonia and Brussels are the worst and therefore the most dangerous in all of Europe ”. According to him, the infection rate was 50 percent higher on Tuesday than in Île de France, the region around the French capital Paris.
Despite everything, the Minister of Health defends Friday’s decisions of the Consultation Committee, which some say are not yet strict enough. Why not a stricter curfew, for example from 9 pm as in some major French cities? Why not a generalized mouth mask obligation? “We have set a minimum base,” the minister responded. This minimum base can and must be supplemented with local measures where necessary, he explained. “What is essential is the behavior of the people,” he repeated.
Frank Vandenbroucke also pointed out that new measures should follow, including testing, where a new strategy is being developed, “which combines, among other things, the PCR, rapid and saliva tests”. For certain categories, the early reimbursement of rapid tests is also envisaged.