The worst now appears to be behind us with the number of those being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 having fallen and the number of patients with the virus that are receiving care in Belgian hospitals having fallen considerably over the past few weeks.
This is also true at the Sint-Trudo hospital. The hospital’s communication manager Miet Driesen told VRT Radio 1’s morning news and current affairs programme ‘De ochtend’ that “At the peak we were admitting 20 corona patients a day, now this is just a couple a day."
Nevertheless, those at the hospital view the relaxation of the lockdown measures with trepidation. "We do of course understand why the measures are being relaxed. Everyone needs human contact. But we are a little bit afraid and hope that people will be careful”, Ms Driesen said.
"Normally, most people now know how the virus is passed on and how they can prevent this. However, we anticipate there being a second peak. We just hope that it won’t be too high. There is fear”.
The hospital has already set aside a number of beds that can be used for COVID-19 patients if a second peak comes.