An average of almost 2,000 new people per day tested positive for in Belgium over the past week, with a peak of more than 3,000 new cases on the same day last Wednesday, according to the latest figures by Sciensano published on Sunday.
Between 24 to 30 September, an average of 1,913.6 people tested positive, which represents a 20% increase.
Belgium’s new Federal Health Minister, Frank Vandenbroucke, advised people over the weekend to limit social contacts to a bubble of a maximum three (instead of five) outside their own household.
Speaking to TV channel RTL, he said he would be especially worried about the rising hospitalisation figures and the “saturation of the health care institutions”.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross in Belgium has warned that the country’s hospitals will run out of blood in two weeks time, RTBF reported. Fearing the pandemic, many donors stopped donating blood. The Red Cross made an appeal to blood donors saying that Belgian hospitals urgently need 2,000 bottles of blood. (Alexandra Brzozowski | EURACTIV.com)