Two thirds of the 92 residents and half of the staff have been infected with the English strain of the coronavirus in this retirement home in Houthulst, in north-eastern Belgium. It was impossible, Monday, January 18, to know how the English variant entered the establishment. “We have no leads, says Jurgen Duyck, director of the retirement home. No employee or family member of the residents has been to the UK “. Three elderly people have died, seven others are hospitalized.
Social, sporting, religious and cultural activities are now prohibited in this town of 10,000 inhabitants. From Belgium, journalist Julien Gasparutto discusses the country’s health situation: “The situation seemed to be under control in Belgium so far, but the number of contaminations has started to rise again. (…) Near Antwerp, other cases of the English variant have been detected “. Scientists fear a third wave, when the country has already counted more than 20,000 deaths since the start of the epidemic.
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