Yesterday 503 have been hospitalised in Belgium, bringing the total to 7,773, of whom 1,245 are in intensive care, 40 in the last 24 hours. Since the number of diagnoses is reliant on the number of people tested that number is a more reliable indicator of the progress of the epidemic than either the number of diagnoses or the number of deaths. Based on that number experts said that we are gaining control over the epidemic. Hospital admissions peaked on March 28, with 629 admissions in 24 hours. Since then the trend has been downward, with yesterday’s figure the lowest since the peak. But even with the number of cases starting to fall we are still far from the end. It is clear, the current strategy of shutting down large parts of society is not sustainable in the long-term. The social and economic damage would be catastrophic. Belgium’s Budget Minister said that the economic impact of the corona crisis will be at least twice as heavy as that of the 2008 financial crisis. It will be almost as bad as in 1929, he said. So, tighten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride out… Stay Safe, Stay Healthy - Kuiperskaai, Ghent, Belgium
The government announced yesterday that total number of people admitted to hospital reached 5,552. This is an increase of 578 patients in one day. The figure seems to be stabilising, as the number fluctuates over the last couple of days between 500 and 600 new cases! It’s still high, but it is a good sign that it does not seem to be increasing. Are we reaching a peak or a plateau? Yesterday’s biggest news was the announcement that Belgium is considering a way to gradually ease the country out of lockdown in the weeks to come. This has been the first discussion of its kind since we have been in lock down modus. There is hope! Today’s picture is a mural from yesterday’s corona walk. The mural from Super A, the alter ego of the Dutch street artist Stefan Thelen, is called “the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. A sign of the times… Australiëstraat, Ghent, Belgium
584 new patients have been admitted to hospital yesterday, bringing the total number to 5,376. At the moment, we have 2,393 beds on intensive care for coronavirus patients, of which 1,145 are still free. Whilst the Coronavirus crisis deepens, solidarity is blooming and spreading across communities. Small acts of kindness, compassion, solidarity are helping to spread hope through all of the country. There is a general understanding that we are all equally protected — or unprotected — against the disease that has already killed more than 1,000 people in Belgium alone. There is hope for the future! Stay Safe, Stay Healthy – Ghent, Belgium
The total number of people infected with Covid-19 in Belgium is approaching 14,000, and over 800 people have died. Yesterday 560 patients were admitted to hospital bringing the total to 4995. Of those patients, 1,088 are in the ICU. Encouraged by the guidelines of the government we keep up the spirit with our daily workouts in the park - Ghent, Belgium
Belgium reached 12,775 confirmed cases. The total number of people admitted to hospital because of the coronavirus at the moment is 4,920. 485 new patients were admitted in the last 24 hours, which is a slight decrease. 98 new deaths have been reported on Monday, but 94 other deaths that occurred between 11 March en 29 March were also reported, bringing the total number of deaths in Belgium since the beginning of the pandemic to 705, of which 93% of people were older than 65. Yesterday’s sad news that a 12-year-old girl had died from covid-19 touched all of the nation deeply. At a press conference Belgian’s lead virologist said that we are not yet at the peak of the epidemic but that the slowing down of the number of people being hospitalized is a very “encouraging sign” …Meanwhile, I carry on with my daily corona walks. Yesterday I continued to explore Ghent’s Street Art Hotspots. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy - Ghent, Belgium
Experts are telling that the measures that have been implemented are starting to pay off and that the force of the epidemic is decreasing. Nevertheless, yesterday the government reported that 1,063 new people have tested positive for Covid-19. The total number of cases in Belgium is now 11,899. The total number of people admitted to hospital is 4,524, an increase of 536 patients in one day. Of those patients, 927 are in the intensive care unit. Also, 82 new deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of deaths in Belgium to 513. Let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worst. To keep my sanity, I carry on with my daily corona walks. Yesterday I continued to explore Ghent’s Street Art Hotspots. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy – Colruyt Ledeberg, Ghent, Belgium
It has been months since a novel strand of the coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan, China. As the pandemic continues to spread, all kind of measures have been implemented to avoid transmitting the virus. For those keeping us safe self-isolation is not an option. As hospitals continue to welcome new coronavirus patients, medical staff are likely to come under further strain. In recognition for their invaluable work all kinds of initiatives have been launched. At display is a banner in front of the University Hospital in Ghent saying, “Your Good Care Gives Us Hope for Tomorrow”. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone (healthcare workers, police officers, grocery store workers, truck drivers, etc.) that is working flat out to meet the challenge of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the number of cases continues to increase, although the rate of increase appears to be slowing. The Belgian government confirmed 1,702 new cases of infection by Covid-19 to bring the total of confirmed cases to 10,836. Of the newly confirmed cases, 629 have been hospitalised, bringing the total to 4,138, of whom 867 are in intensive care. The number of fatalities went up by 78 since yesterday to bring the total to 431 for the whole epidemic so far. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy – Prinsenhof, Ghent, Belgium.
In the last 24 hours, 1,850 new cases of infection by the coronavirus have been confirmed in Belgium bringing the total to 9,134 confirmed cases. Of the newly confirmed cases, 575 have been hospitalised, bringing the total to 3,717, of whom 789 are in intensive care, 99 in the last 24 hours. The remainder are in isolation at home for the time being. 64 new deaths have been reported bringing the total to 353. The number of intensive care hospital beds in use is still well under the nation’s capacity with 43% currently occupied. Let’s hope that efforts against Covid-19 will bear fruit within days now… To keep my sanity, I continue with my daily corona walks. Yesterday I explored some of Ghent’s Street Art Hotspots. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy – Pekelharing, Ghent, Belgium.
Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès announced during a press conference yesterday that Belgium will extend its lockdown deadline until 19 April. After the two-week extension period, the situation will be evaluated, and the measures will possibly be extended for another two weeks, until 3 May. Meaning we all must stay at home, except for “essential movements” such as going to and from work if teleworking is not possible, shopping for groceries or going to the doctor. Outdoor activities are still allowed but are aimed to keep moving. Hence, we can only leave our home for the duration of the physical activity and we have to return home immediately after. Thus, meeting in a park and sitting there for a while is not allowed. Meanwhile, Belgium reaches 7,284 confirmed cases and the total number of people admitted to hospital is 3,042, an increase of 490 patients in one day. 69 new deaths have been reported on Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths to 289. Taking into account the commitment of the entire population to comply with the measures the peak is expected in the coming weeks, around the beginning of April, according to the models the experts are following. Hang in there! Stay Safe, Stay Healthy – Ghent,
The Covid-19 pandemic is still in its climbing phase in Belgium, as the peak of the outbreak is only expected in the coming weeks, around the beginning of April the crisis center announced. Yesterday the government reported that 1,298 new people have tested positive for Covid-19. This brings the total number of cases to 6,235. The total number of people admitted to hospital is 2,652, this is an increase of 536 patients in one day! 42 new deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 220. We rigorously follow the measures that have been implemented and hang in there hoping for better times. The Financial Times praised Belgium with its daily briefings by the Crisis Centre underlining the fact that in Belgium it are scientists rather than politicians speaking. It’s indeed the only way to debunk rumors and conspiracy theories. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy! - Ghent, Belgium
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