Brussels during the lockdown. Credit: The Brussels Times/Jules Johnston
A short strict lockdown is what Belgium needs right now to get the country’s stagnating coronavirus figures down again, according to Dirk Devroey, professor and dean of the health faculty at VUB.
A strict lockdown for a short period of time, as was announced in Germany, is urgently needed, according to Devroey.
“Many people were no longer following the prevention measures to the fullest, causing the number of infections – that is still far too high – to barely decrease for several days now,” he told Het Nieuwsblad.
Hospitals are currently unable to cope with a possible third wave, Devroey stressed.
On Wednesday 9 December, the professor shared a graph on Twitter showing that the figures are currently only falling by 7%.
Cijfers dalen nog met 7%. Aan dit tempo halen we pas binnen 14 weken de drempel van 800. Zonder bijkomende maatregelen zullen we het virus niet bedwingen en blijft er in ons land elke 14 minuten iemand overlijden aan COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/90j3LdHiMC
“Otherwise it will take months before we are in control of the situation again, with the current soft lockdown measures and too many people no longer following them,” he said.
Biostatistician Geert Molenberghs said that he hopes that new measures are not necessary, and that strictly enforcing the current ones will be enough.
“The Christmas holidays are coming, which will automatically cool things down hopefully, as the schools will be closed and there will be less traffic,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws. “Let us hope that we can then deal a blow to the virus.”