Some Good Old Fashioned OTK
Just to help keep us all calm in troubled times
COVID 19 Belgium – Lockdown Sort Of
Due to the pandemic, as of midnight tonight, the nation of Belgium is going into a sort of second lockdown, for this year. It is not the same as the one that we had in spring, the main differences are…
1/ Apart from an extended half term holiday schools will remain open and will give lessons, in a mixture of on line and on site learning
2/ The international borders will not be closing
3/ Supermarkets and other shops that can remain open will not be allowed to sell non essential items such as electrical goods – I have yet to see a full list of what else is prohibited
4/ Unnecessary travel is advised against but not banned
As far as I know at this time, the other regulations are the same as we had in spring. These conditions are proposed until the middle of December, with an assessment of results and a review of the situation scheduled for the 1st of December.
Post Update – Bad News Good News
Bad news – It was announced today that only 106 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds are now available for use by COVID 19 patients across Belgium. All the rest are already occupied.
Good news – Due to trans European cooperation, during the crisis, Belgian COVID patients have been taken into care in German hospitals. The German authorities have decided to increase the number of patients they are prepared to take at this time.
Good luck everyone. I hope that the situation in all countries improves soon