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A quarter of IC beds should remain in COVID reserve

Belgian hospitals have to reserve at least a quarter of their intensive care beds for coronavirus patients as of Wednesday, according to the Belgian media. The cause is the increasing number of patients with COVID-19 to be hospitalized.

Belgium has two thousand intensive care beds. Five hundred of these should therefore be reserved for coronary care.

Between 1 and 7 September an average of 70 people ended up in a Belgian hospital every day because of COVID-19. That’s about 14 percent more than in the previous seven days.

701 people are now in a Belgian hospital because of COVID-19, 5 percent more than the week before. The Belgian intensive cares provide 225 patients with lung disease, an increase of 18 percent compared to a week earlier.

The margin before the ic occupation becomes a problem in Belgium is still large nationally. Yet there are 12 hospitals where the proportion of COVID-19 patients has risen above 25 percent. These hospitals have therefore decided to postpone the non-urgent care. Catching up on non-urgent care is expected to take 1.5 to 2 years.

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