Doctors from ten hospitals in Liege, Belgium, who tested positive for coronavirus but asymptomatic, were recalled to the ward to cope with the wave of coronavirus hospitalizations. This is what he explained in la Bbc Philippe Devos, intensive care doctor at CHC Liège and president of the Belgian association of medical unions. In the country, one in four doctors have been affected by the virus, making emergency management extremely complicated. Philippe Devos called the situation “catastrophic” and while admitting that recalling positive doctors to the ward puts patients at risk of contracting the virus, he explained that there was no alternative to avoiding the collapse of the health system within a few days. Also to Milan many doctors have fallen ill and the crisis of the Milanese hospitals depends above all on the lack of personnel.
A “tsunami of infections”
In the Belgian city, the incidence of the virus is very high: one in three people subjected to the swab is in fact positive. Hospitals are moving patients to out-of-town centers and canceling non-urgent surgeries to get through this very delicate moment. In the last week, Belgium recorded an average of 13,052 new infections, (with peaks exceeding 17,000) becoming the European country most affected by the second wave of Covid-19, surpassing the Czech Republic.Admissions increased at a weekly rate of 88%, with 502 admissions averaging per day, while Sars-CoV-2-related deaths stood at a daily average of 48.3, with a weekly increase of 50% . Frank Vandenbroucke, the Belgian health minister, who warned the country of the arrival of “a tsunami of infections” and stressed that the authorities are no longer able to “keep an eye on what is happening”. In Belgium, bars and restaurants have been closed for a month and the sale of alcohol is prohibited after 8 pm. A curfew is in effect from midnight to 5 am.
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