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2 April - COVID-19 update

2 Apr 2020 10:38 AM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

COVID-19 selected news snippets for Thursday 2 April.

Nearly 5,000 people are currently hospitalised in Belgium for coronavirus-related care, of whom one-fifth are in intensive care. The number of hospitalised patients is growing less quickly than last week according to Le Soir.

From 1 April GPs can make free use of "Remote Care", a video consultation service of the Christian “Mutuality”. This will allow doctors to "safely consult and forward certificates".

To avoid a shortage of drugs, the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products has announced that each hospital with intensive care capacity has received a strategic stock of hydroxychloroquine, Kaletra, a drug based on lopinavir and ritonavir, and Rocuronium, a derivative of a type of curare, used as muscle relaxant for people in intensive care.

More than EUR 4 million has been raised so far for the appeal by CHU Saint-Pierre. A link to the appeal can be found here

TUI has cancelled all trips up to and including 10 May and the KLM-owned airline Transavia is cancelling all flights from Brussels until March 2021.

The Police Unions are threatening to strike from April 12 to 19 in a dispute about the lack of provision of face masks and other protective equipment.

The European Parliament has offered the Brussels regional authorities the use of its building in the Square de Meeûs and some 100 service cars and trucks, with drivers to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Useful links

Federal Government COVID-19 information

The Bulletin's COVID-19 webpage (updated daily)

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