Coronavirus figures ‘not precise enough’ to follow current evolution, Emmanuel André says
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    Coronavirus figures ‘not precise enough’ to follow current evolution, Emmanuel André says

    Emmanuel André. Credit: Belga

    Virologist Emmanuel André expressed criticism on Thursday over the way Belgium is monitoring the coronavirus epidemic, while the number of infections has continued to rise in recent days.

    André used to serve as the francophone interfederal spokesman giving daily updates on the coronavirus figures and later briefly headed the interfederal contact tracing task force.

    “The figures smoothed over in time and space by Sciensano are not precise enough to follow the rapid evolution of the epidemic in several areas of the country. It is high time to change the surveillance mode to avoid an echo chamber phenomenon,” André tweeted.

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    During the period from 6 to 12 July, the number of confirmed cases increased by 12% compared to the previous week, with an average of 99.7 new infections per day, the Federal Public Health Service said Thursday on the basis of statistics from the public health institute Sciensano. Hospital admissions and deaths, meanwhile, continue to decrease.

    The Brussels Times