Belgium in Brief: This Is Not The Start of a Third Wave
Friday, 29 January 2021
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With a growing number of outbreaks of the UK coronavirus variant, and numerous infections among children and teenagers, many are wondering whether this is the start of the third wave in Belgium.
According to virologist and interfederal Covid-19 spokesperson Steven Van Gucht, the answer is very clear: “No. At this moment, we cannot speak of the start of the third wave.”
“Yes, we are seeing an increase in the number of infections, but that is partly driven by the extra testing,” he said. “The daily hospital admissions showed a slight increase earlier, but have now stabilised.”
In short: the curve is under control for the time being, according to Van Gucht.
“I believe that, provided the measures are followed up properly, we can also keep it that way,” he said, adding that the carnival holidays – when schools are closed and a lot of people take breaks from work – is also near.
“Hopefully, that will be a welcome respite,” said Van Gucht. “And then, we will be another step closer to spring.”
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