Among the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Belgium is in the “top 3” regarding the number of tests performed, said Thursday the Minister in charge of the supply of medical equipment, Philippe De Backer, based on an “international comparison”.
“It emerges from an international comparison that Belgium has a very good score in terms of the number of tests carried out. Among the countries most affected, Belgium is in the top 3 in terms of the number of tests carried out,” communicated today the cabinet of Minister Stéphane De Backer in charge of testing and supplying equipment (masks, etc.).
In the last few days, an average of 19,000 tests per day have been performed in Belgium.
40,000 tests per million inhabitants
“Per million inhabitants, we have carried out almost 41,000 tests in Belgium. Only Spain and Portugal exceed us with respectively 41,332 and 44,132 tests per million inhabitants. Our neighboring countries carry out much less tests: Germany 30,400 , the Netherlands 13,768 and France 16,800 per million inhabitants, “reveals the minister’s office.
Belgium has greatly increased its ability to test in recent weeks
“The leading position on the total of the tests is the consequence of the greatly increased testing capacity. Currently, the testing capacity is fully utilized. This makes Belgium at the top in terms of the speed of testing in our country. Last week, only small countries like Luxembourg, Lithuania, Iceland, Denmark and Bahrain exceeded our country’s testing pace, “the firm was reported.
“We could do 45,000 tests a day, but I sincerely hope that we will not need this ability. It would mean that we are holding the virus by the skin of the neck and that we will not let go again. it seems necessary, as part of the search for contacts, then we will do it “, says Minister Stéphane De Backer.
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