The problem is mostly felt for the blood types AB negative and B negative. "The situation is critical in this respect", says Red Cross spokeswoman Ann Luyten. "Our present stocks only allow us to continue for a couple of days. We are encouraging people with these blood groups in particular to come and donate blood."
Blood platelets are also in high demand. In fact, demand is rising each year. Blood platelets are useful for those receiving chemo as part of a cancer treatment. "Unfortunately, cancer is never on holiday. We are launching an extra appeal here as well, to be able to meet this increasing demand."