The number of Belgians who catch the coronavirus, end up in the hospital or in the ICU or even die, is rapidly falling beyond expectation. If this continues, the intensive departments have already flushed so far at the end of May that, for example, the cafes can be reopened.
There is “only good news to report”, says virologist Steven Van Gucht of the Belgian Coronacrisicentre. “All coronac figures continue to fall, according to the most optimistic predictions.” He warns, however, that Ascension Day, a day when few corona-virus tests are taken, probably pushes the figures a little.
For further easing announced by the government on 9 June, ICs must count less than 500 coronapatics. According to Van Gucht, it is already at the end of May and on 9 June “at the current rate even less than four hundred.” This means, among other things, that the hospitality industry can receive guests again and that gyms and cinemas can be opened.