29 new deaths, 50 patients hospitalized, and 279 new infections diagnosed according to the figures announced yesterday. The trend of new infections is still decreasing, by about 7% per day. What struck me most in yesterday’s news was that Belgium’s anti-poison centre has noted a surge in calls since the start of the corona emergency. A couple of weeks ago US President Trump suggested injecting bleach may be a great idea. The ramifications of his words have also been felt in Belgium. Belgians haven’t been injecting bleach, but for sure they have been experimenting with it. I guess you cannot fix stupid with duct tape… Today’s picture is a vignette of downtown Ghent. Stay safe, stay healthy – St Michael’s Bridge, Ghent, Belgium
Yesterday’s corona figures reached new lows. 28 deaths were recorded, down from 47 the previous day and 43 patients were hospitalised with COVID-19 compared to 60 the day before. Amid a continuing fall in coronavirus cases, Belgium hit the world press with images of healthcare professionals turning their back to prime minister Sophie Wilmès visiting Hospital Saint-Pierre in Brussels. The silent protest was staged to call for increased acknowledgement of their efforts and against a decree to recruit unqualified staff to carry out nursing activities. In general there is a growing dissatisfaction among healthcare workers over the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis exacerbated by serious underfunding of the social security system. All of this proof one thing: it’s time that politicians put their differences aside to join forces to get the country back on track. Noodling on all of this I continue to wander through the city hoping pictures will find me – Walpoortstraat, Ghent, Belgium
Yesterday, 47 fatalities were reported. 60 corona patients had to be taken to hospital, but 170 others were allowed to return home again. The downward trend continues! Yesterday was also the Day Against Homophobia. Exactly 30 years ago the WHO scrapped homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses. To mark the day Ghent painted a rainbow crossing on the Woodrow Wilsonplein – Ghent, Belgium.
Yesterday’s Corona statistics continued to be encouraging. 65 patients were taken to hospital and the daily number of Covid deaths sees a steady drop. The latter has now dipped below 50 but it does bring the tally to just over 9,000. Still, the virus hasn't gone completely. Yesterday saw 345 new infections! The city, however, is coming slowly back to life. Downtown is getting more crowded and kids are hitting the streets with their skateboards… Woodrow Wilsonplein, Ghent, Belgium.
Yesterday’s figures show a further fall in the number of deaths from COVID-19 and a fall in the number of patients that have contracted the virus that are being cared for in Belgian hospitals. Only 67 new COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospital and 56 deaths have been reported. The biggest news event yesterday was the partially reopening of the schools. A big day for many thousands of schoolchildren who are returning to school for the first time since 13 March. Stepping into the post-corona future everybody is preparing themselves in their way for making the next normal work – Koopvaardijlaan, Ghent, Belgium.
The Covid-statistics have improved drastically over the past days and the number of patients in hospitals dipped below 2,000 for the first time in seven weeks. Still, 81 patients were taken to hospital over the past 24 hours, with 60 new deaths being reported. Two news events got my attention yesterday. Pieter de Crem, Belgium’s Interior Minister, said that borders can be opened if two countries are more or less on the same pathway where the exit strategy and Covid statistics are concerned and that most likely the Netherlands will have the best chance to be the first country that we can freely travel to. The other, more trivial news event was that the monks of the Saint Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren will resume the sales of their world-famous trappist beer. Beer enthusiasts will have to make an online order first and pick up the crates at the abbey gate. Something to consider? Anyhow, I’m seeing happy faces pupping up throughout the city… Westerringspoorbrug, Ghent, Belgium
Animal parks, museums, hairdressers, libraries, open-air markets, sports clubs etc will re-open as of Monday. We finally can say goodbye to our corona hairstyle. Good news? Although the corona statistics continue to improve yesterday’s numbers still listed 70 new patients that were hospitalized, and 82 new corona deaths were reported. Are we not opening the flood gates for a new wave of infections? We started the phased deconfinement less than twee weeks. That is less than the incubation time of the virus… Finding a balanced approach between dealing with the economical and social fallout of the lockdown measures and containing the virus remains a huge challenge – De Krook, Ghent, Belgium
The numbers released yesterday continue to fall: 43 people have been hospitalised with COVID-19 and 65 people were reported to have died. Whilst we seem to start gaining control over the virus the economical fallout becomes more visible. Since the coronavirus lockdown began a lot of small business have been struggling to survive. The hospitality and entertainment business felt the most immediate impact from the crisis. Yesterday’s biggest news was that also Brussels Airlines was reorganizing and shedding jobs in order to ensure its future viability: the airline staff will be downsized with 25%, 10 of the airline's 48 aircrafts will be decommissioned and all routes that are unprofitable or barely profitable will be scrapped. Wondering how all of this will impact our personal lives I continued with my daily corona walks searching for street-art to cheer me up – Baudelopark, Ghent, Belgium.
62 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported at yesterday’s press conference. This brings the total death toll in Belgium to 8,707. The good news is that the number of hospital admissions has stabilised. We’re staying well under 100 per day! Unfortunately, the fall in the number of confirmed new infections has stopped. Let’s hope that this is related to the fact that we’re testing more widely. Whilst Popeye is still in the midst of his fight against COVID-19, shops selling “non-essential” goods opened their doors again, for the first time in almost 8 weeks. When I read that there were long queues ahead of opening time at certain discount retailers, I feared the worst. If we don’t behave responsible there is no shed of a doubt that it’s only a matter of weeks before the virus will flare up again - Sassekaai, Ghent, Belgium
Yesterday’s figures contained some encouraging news with the number of COVID-19 patients on intensive care wards having fallen below 500 for the first time since 24 March. Nevertheless, 75 people were reported to have died from COVID-19.
This brings the total number of fatalities in Belgium to 8,656. Also, a further 83 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to hospital. The worst appears to be behind us, however, I view the relaxation of the lockdown measures with trepidation. I do of course understand why the measures are being relaxed. Everyone needs human contact and wants to bring a little bit of normality back into their lives. Most people now know how the virus is passed on and how they can prevent this, still with the re-opening of non-essential shops and the relaxation of the social contact I’m a little bit afraid and hope that people will be careful. Stay safe, stay healthy! – Zonnestraat, Ghent, Belgium.
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