Cry for Hospitals in Belgium: Flatten Land
The hospitals in Belgium are jointly calling on the country’s six governments to further shut down the country due to the coronavirus.
This can make the difference “between life and death of our fellow citizens and our loved ones”, write the umbrella organizations that together represent all Belgian hospitals.
“The situation in the hospitals is critical, the health care staff are on their gums, and the spread of the virus shows no delay at all for the time being,” said the call on the eve of a new meeting of the Belgian (sub) governments.
Hospitals warn that if the maximum capacity of the intensive care unit is exceeded, choices will have to be made. “Prime Minister and Prime Ministers, the time for delay are over.”
“It is painful for a whole range of industries in our country, especially companies, but we think it is the only effective way to stop the spread of the virus and the number of hospital admissions.”
The organizations say efforts are being made to provide additional places or beds, but health care workers are at their end. There is a staff dropout rate of 20 to 30 percent, with peaks of up to 40 percent.
The hospitals feel supported by the figures and more and more virologists who are calling for a new full lockdown, with a ban on non-essential movements.
According to the latest figures, there are 5,924 Covid-19 patients in the hospitals, of which almost a thousand are in the IC. During the past week, an average of 593 corona diseases was admitted daily.