Brussels adapts Covid testing and tracing strategy

Brussels adapts Covid testing and tracing strategy
Credit: Belga

The Joint Community Commission (GGC) of Brussels will streamline the test supply in the region in order to adapt to the sharp drop in demand, the JGC announced on Friday.

The daily number of tests in the Brussels region has dropped to 3,500, Belga News Agency reports, which is still high compared to the other Belgian provinces.

At the same time, the positivity ratio dropped to 12.9% and the incidence to 453, which is a 25% decline in positive cases over the past seven days.

Coronavirus figures decrease in Brussels

Hospitalisations, admissions to intensive care and deaths have also all decreased in the region, an improvement that has allowed most Brussels hospitals to move to phase 1A.

Test centres are still maintained in order to guarantee the accessibility of tests, but the GGC wants to streamline the supply because of the decline in figures. Therefore, the test centre in Molenbeek, currently at Nijverheidskaai 31, will move to the vaccination centre at Gentsesteenweg 696 in Molenbeek on Monday 14 March.

The call centre will also no longer perform contact tracing, as was the case until now. Citizens can still call the call centre with questions about testing and tracing, vaccination, certificates and to make an appointment.

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