- “Why can’t we see our family with masks?”
The National Security Council met on Friday to present the stages of a gradual deconfinement. Many Belgians were especially waiting for an answer to the question: when and how will we be able to see their loved ones? Authorities have announced that from May 18 (see below), private home meetings will be available. In the show It’s not every day on Sunday, a surfer came forward to share one of his questions: “We meet everyone outside with masks, why we can’t go see our family with masks too? ” Guest of the show, Philippe De Backer, the Open VLD Minister in charge of procurement for COVID19, replied.
- USA: her neighbors surprise her for her 91st birthday
A widow, Betty lives alone in her house in Minneapolis, in the United States. This Sunday, April 26, she was able to count on her neighbors to celebrate her 91 years.
- Healed, this nurse returns to the applause of her neighbors
Isabelle, 55, head nurse in a nursing home in Mouscron, contracted coronavirus at her workplace. This Sunday afternoon, she was discharged from the hospital where she stayed on a ventilator for a week. Her daughter, Mélanie, very proud of her mother, contacted us via the orange button alert us.
The coronavirus in Belgium has forced the authorities to take drastic measures such as the containment of the population. As the announced time for deconfinement is fast approaching, governments are getting busy so that it can organize itself in the best possible conditions. You will find in this article all the information related to the pandemic and its repercussions on the territory.
CORONAVIRUS – THE BELGIAN BALANCE SHEET
The Belgian public health institute (Sciensano) communicated this Tuesday April 28 in the morning the health report of the coronavirus in Belgium for the last 24 hours.
> Confirmed cases
New confirmed cases: 647
New hospitalizations: 123
Hospital discharges: 65
New deaths: 134
CORONAVIRUS – THE DIRECT
Tocilizumab is an “interesting track”, according to Professor Van Laethem
The drug called Tocilizumab is an “interesting avenue also exploited in our country” to treat patients severely affected by the new coronavirus, said Tuesday Professor Pr. Van Van Laethem, new inter-federal spokesperson Covid-19 at the press conference daily of the Crisis Center and the FPS Public Health.
The first notarial “remote” acts operational from the first half of May
The first notarial acts signed “remotely” via a digital proxy will be possible from the first half of next month, said Tuesday the spokesman of the Royal Federation of Belgian Notaries (Fednot), Bart Van Opstal. This new possibility should lead to a gradual increase in the number of acts signed in the studies.
Banks remain accessible by appointment during removal from containment
Bank branches remain open by appointment only during the end of confinement, said Tuesday Febelfin, the federation of the financial sector.
Lot of doubtful masks: some of them still comply
The first results of the new tests requested by Wallonia on a series of lots of KN95 masks, ordered from a supplier whose masks supplied to the Federal government were problematic, arrived, according to a letter sent Monday evening by AViQ, the Walloon agency for a quality life, to all rest and care homes in the south of the country.
The tests with 221 residents of a nursing home in Mons will have to be repeated
221 residents of the “Bois d’Havré” nursing and care home in Mons were tested for Covid-19 screening. The test results are unusable due to human error.
Full unemployment benefit down in March but record number of temporary unemployed
In March, 327,499 fully unemployed compensated job seekers received an allowance, 23,817 or 6.8% less than in March 2019, announced Onem on Tuesday. But temporary unemployment has exploded due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The commune of Ittre distributes a mask to its 7,000 inhabitants
It is the most wanted object of the moment: the protective mask. The governments of the country multiply the orders. For example, the municipality of Ittre, in Walloon Brabant, intends to distribute a mask to its 7,000 inhabitants on Tuesday. “The 7000 inhabitants of Ittre will receive a fabric mask. In addition, thanks to the volunteers of the Solidarité Ittre group, 700 children will receive a mask adapted to their morphology. These masks will be distributed by teachers, municipal staff and the CPAS”, said bourgmestre Christian Fayt on his Facebook page.
Concern about cotton masks
While many cities and towns have already ordered fabric masks, some question the effectiveness of cotton, can be read Tuesday in the pages of Tijd. The Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) calls on the federal government to quickly clarify things.
Many cities have made the choice of cotton, as recommended in particular on the website faisvotremasquebuccal.be approved by the FPS Public Health. But, we discuss behind the scenes of the real effectiveness of oral masks in cotton, wool and silk, the newspaper reveals. Some believe that handmade masks should not be made from natural fibers. The VVSG wishes to question the federal government on this subject, because the confusion throws trouble on the initiatives of cities and municipalities.
QR codes to stem the coronavirus while respecting privacy
Workers will be able to use a new system, called Savitas, in companies that have decided to use it, to be alerted in case of risk of contamination with coronavirus, announced Tuesday the inspection and control company Vinçotte and the start-up Esoptra. All they need to do is scan a QR code with their smartphone, without compromising the confidentiality of their data.
Childcare: towards a gradual return of children from May 4
The consequence of the last decisions of the National Security Council on childcare environments is that this reception will no longer be considered from May 4 onwards reserved for children whose parents work on the front line or who have not of alternative to the care of their children, indicated Monday the French-speaking minister Bénédicte Linard. (learn more)