Covid-19 surge in Belgium leads to shortage of doctors, teachers and police
“We have runaway numbers in terms of contamination and a major issue is the risk of the collapse of the hospital system of our country,” the minister-president of Brussels, Rudi Vervoort, said Saturday as he announced a host of new restrictions.
Unlike in the spring, there are enough masks and gowns to go around. But months of preparation haven’t been able to avert a shortage of people. And a decision by the national government to remove a mask mandate and loosen restrictions on social contacts this month contributed to an acceleration of the virus before being largely reversed in hard-hit areas since Friday.
Belgium’s infection rate is second only to the Czech Republic in the European Union and five times higher than in the United States.
The country’s testing infrastructure is overloaded. As of this past week, Belgium is no longer testing people without symptoms, even if they may have been exposed.
“The situation is more serious” than in April, Christie Morreale, health …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]