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Floods Belgium

There seems to have been a lot on the news about the flooding in Germany, but the international news community only now seem to be catching on to the fact that these floods also hit Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

Luckily for me, these floods did not hit where I live. The worst flooding, in Belgium, seems to be along the river Maas (Meuse), with the city of Liege (Luik) being the worst effected. Although many other towns and areas were very badly flooded and damaged. As I write this (Friday 16th of July), the death toll stands at 20, for Belgium, but unfortunately this will increase. European Union cooperation has been initiated and to date, 150 rescue workers from France, Austria and Italy have arrived in the country to help in the rescue effort.

The area of the river Maas (Meuse) and the Ardennes are popular tourist destinations. Both have suffered heavily and are in a state of emergency. Anyone who was planning to take a holiday in these areas, over the next few weeks, would be well advised to choose another destination.

COVID-19 Belgium

I have been watching the bad numbers for Coronavirus plummet, in Belgium, for weeks now. I was planning to do a happy post about this as we had the first day, since the start of the pandemic, with zero deaths from the disease. This did occur on the 7th of July and again on the 10th. But at the same time, the Delta variant took hold on the country and infections started to rise rapidly. So that scuppered my happy news day. Hospitalization rates are rising, thankfully very slowly, and the death rate is staying low, with an average of two a day. The vaccination program in Belgium has speeded up and is proceeding at an impressive rate. At the moment, it seems to be a race between the Delta variant and the vaccination program. This race is very “Neck and neck” at this time. There was to be a meeting of the consultative committee on Friday, 16th of July, to decide on tightening or loosening restrictions. This has been postponed until Monday, 19th July because of the emergency situation with the floods. If you would like to see more details, please follow the link below



9 responses »

  1. Oh wow Prefectdt that’s horrible news!
    Our numbers are dropping here (though they seem to plateaued in the country) i3 think our national numbers are down to just over 200 a day. Here in our little corner of Canada we haven’t had any new cases for just over 3 weeks and only 2 active cases – no hospitalizations and no deaths for the same time frame. I believe Canada has something like 60%+ fully vaccinated and 70+% with one dose.
    I should be turning cartwheels BUT this happened last summer too….so is it the vaccination rates or just the summer weather? I’m thinking we’ll have to wait for Sept or Oct to see.
    Stay safe!!!

    • Canada does have the advantage of having a lot of space for its population, morningstar. I suspect that this might be working in your favour. Belgium is very tightly packed, especially in Flanders. That must have an effect on transmission rates. The vaccination program is going well here. Just about every adult that can and will have the vaccine, has had at least one dose and invitations are going out to parents to get their 12 to 15 year old children vaccinated. But there is still a lot of people in a very small area


  2. Roz harrison

    Hi Prefectdt,

    I did hear about the flooding there and had seen some footage. That is just awful. It’s not just the devastating flooding, the aftermath and clean-uo etc is huge. I feel so much for those who lost loved ones.

    That is mixed news about the covid situation. Glad to hear the vaccination program is progressing quickly. It’s very slow here.


    • From what I have seen, it will take weeks for things to get back to anything approaching normal, Roz, in the effected areas.

      I hope someone gets your vaccination program in order. Stay safe


  3. Gosh the flooding looks awful. glad you’re not affected by it where you live.

    numbers wise, we have an average of 32 new infections a day (both community cases as well as imported cases), 1 is in intensive care, and just under 200 in the general wards in hospitals.

    we’ve got all the high school kids vaccinated now, and the final group to get their shots are the 20somethings to 30s. We’re at 71% with at least one dose, and 45% who have completed both shots.

    The government is trying to get to 70% double-dosed by August. For a while we were worried we wouldn’t get there cos there were still many people who were unwilling to get vaccinated. Now that single-dose numbers have hit the magic number, we can rest a little easier knowing they’ll eventually get their second shot.

    The problem is the remaining 30% who could very easily spread it to the rest of the population. I wish they would put an ingestible form of the vaccine in our drinking water or something. They already add fluoride, and no one complains.

    • It’s the younger generation getting infected here too, fondles. Many of them have one shot, but they are mixing a lot because of the holiday season and at that age it is only normal to want to go out and party. The Delta variant seems to be spreading faster than other variants, that we have seen


  4. Really bad news about the flooding. India at one time stopped using the astra zeneca vaccine because it was not effective against the delta variant, many months ago/. Hopefully you and others are getting Pfizer or moderna.
    Anyone not wanting to be vaccinated should be spanked like the above gorgeous red bottomed woman if they do not like spankings, but anyone who does like spanking should be given one for accepting to be vaccinated. A reward is always fun for dong the right thing.
    Stay safe
    bottoms up

  5. I got the Pfizer, Red, but my family in England all had the Astra Zeneca. The Delta variant is an even bigger problem there.

    Yes! I want a “Good Boy” spanking for getting vaccinated. Who do I present my documents to?



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