At least 10 hospitals in Liège, Belgium, have asked their doctors to continue in their jobs although they have tested positive in coronavirus, if they are asymptomatic.
As reported on Tuesday BBC, the measure has been implemented due to the large increase in COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions that the city is registering, where about 25% of health workers have been infected.
The president of the Association of Medical Trade Unions of Belgium, Dr. Philippe Devos, told the British public channel that, although he is aware of the “obvious risk” of infecting patients, they have no other option to prevent the hospital system from collapsing “in a matter of days”.
One in three tests of coronaviruses carried out in Liège gives result positive, and local hospitals have started transferring patients to other cities already cancel operations non-urgent surgical procedures.
The hardest hit country in Europe
With a cumulative incidence of 1,390.9 cases on average per 100,000 inhabitants In 14 days, Belgium surpassed the Czech Republic on Tuesday (1,379.8) and is already the European country hardest hit by the second wave of COVID-19, according to the daily count of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control ( ECDC).
Belgium records an average of 13,052 new daily infections in the last week, according to the latest bulletin from the Belgian health authorities, and the average weekly advance of infections is 38%.
Hospitalizations in Belgium increase at a weekly rate of 88%, with 502 incomes on average per day, while deaths linked to the coronavirus stand at a daily average of 48.3 deaths, a weekly increase of 50%.
From Monday October 19, Belgium applies a night curfew throughout the country, which has completely closed the hospitality sector.