Most corona infections in poorest neighborhoods

In the past two months, the coronavirus has hit the hardest, youngest, most densely populated and most colored neighborhoods in Flanders. This is evident from data analysis by De Tijd.

The first wave of the coronavirus was mainly fueled by middle class returning from ski areas, but this time the working-class neighborhoods appear to be the driving force behind the epidemic. Biostatistician Geert Molenberghs and virologist Steven Van Gucht have previously shown this, and data analysis by De Tijd now confirms that suspicion. The 10 percent least wealthy neighborhoods in Flanders have more than twice as many corona infections, the newspaper concludes by crossing the corona data of the largest 65 cities in the dashboard of the Flemish government with five socio-economic indicators.

Antwerp neighborhoods

The Antwerp neighborhoods Peperbus in Borgerhout, Sint-Anna on Linkeroever and Stuivenberg in the Noordwijk have been hit the hardest. In the very poorest neighborhoods where residents annually have a net taxable income between 7,600 and 14,347 euros, the chance of becoming infected with the corona virus is even 2.6 times higher than in the richest neighborhoods, where the net taxable income is between 22,000 and 32,000 euros. rocks. In the second wave, the corona virus also more often affects neighborhoods with at least a third of inhabitants with non-European roots, neighborhoods with many young people and very densely populated neighborhoods. The neighborhoods do not determine the vulnerability of every individual living there, nor is there necessarily a causal link between, for example, poverty and corona. ‘But even then it is very useful to know this, to monitor certain neighborhoods closely and to take preventive action if necessary,’ says Sciensano epidemiologist Brecht Devleesschauwer.

Source De Tijd

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