The death of a three year old girl infected with coronavirus turned on red lights in Belgium. This is the victim younger in the country. In March, a minor under the age of twelve had died.
The girl suffered from several serious diseases associated with Covid, according to a statement published by health authorities.
“This news moves us deeply as scientists and as parents,” said Boudewijn Catry, spokesman for the Belgian health authorities.
This new death occurs in a context of increasing infections in the country. The announcement also came a day after Belgium decided to tighten up restrictive measures to curb the spread of the virus, including mandatory ones.
“On average, three people die each day, recently one 18-year-old,” Catry said at a news conference, acknowledging that deaths among young people remained a “rare” occurrence.
The Belgian anti-Covid-19 crisis center is alerting the population not to let their guard down, given the increase in infections.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, 64,847 cases of infection were diagnosed in Belgium, of which 416 were on Monday.
The province of Antwerp has the highest number of cases, while the total number of deaths is 9,812.
nullOn Thursday, faced with this rise in cases, the Prime Minister, Sophie Wilmès, announced an increase in protective measures and the mandatory use of chinstrap “in all crowded places”, open and closed, such as markets, streets with shops, hotels, cafes or restaurants.
In proportional terms, Belgium is one of the countries with the highest number of deaths from covid-19: 85 deaths for every 100,000 inhabitants. In this balance, the authorities also include the probable deaths from coronavirus, although there has been no diagnostic test.
AFP, ANSA and AP