Infection rates rose 54 percent in the past week. Instead of slowing down, we see the infections accelerating. “The fourth wave is rapidly evolving into a tsunami. Everyone really knows people in their environment who are infected. So many people are now sick or in quarantine that society is being systematically disrupted,” it said in a joint press release on Thursday.
In addition to healthcare, almost all segments of society are cracking, says the healthcare sector. “The cries for help from education are clear: the situation is getting out of hand. It is no longer possible to keep track of the number of infections among students. Teachers fall out in droves; directors can no longer fill the gaps, CLBs are going crazy. Close classes or entire schools,” it reads.
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The same sounds are heard at the companies. “There too, due to the many sick people, quarantines and the lack of childcare facilities, it is all hands on deck to keep production running. In the meantime, it is raining cancellations in the catering and event sector, as a result of which these sectors are confronted with a huge uncertainty,” said Domus Medica, the Flemish Association for Chief Physicians and Zorgnet-Icuro.
The curves are currently following the most negative scenario presented by biostatisticians last week. “Without additional measures, this will bring us to more than 1,200 COVID patients in intensive care in December. In that scenario, we would only have 600 beds of intensive care left to provide the necessary care for people with a heart attack, stroke or major accident.”
“Dear Consultation Committee, the signals from society are clear, while the silence on your side is deafening. Protect care and their patients and ensure that our schools can remain open. Not in two weeks, but now. Every day of delay will only make the damage worse,” emphasizes the healthcare sector.
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