The mass testing was carried out in two parts of the 2018 postal code area of Antwerp where levels of COVID-19 infection were higher than elsewhere in the city. Those that tested positive will have to take a second test a week after their first. The figure of 45 positive tests out of 1,527 tests carried out gives a positivity rate of 2.95%. This is twice the average for Antwerp as a whole.
However, the Antwerp City Alderman responsible for Health Fons Duchateau (nationalist) told VRT News that “These figures are lower than the incidence level that led to the wide-scale testing been carried out”.
“These results provide no reason to panic. But further investigation via contact tracing and strict adherence to the coronavirus measures are now a priority. We will work together with Hatzoloh (A Jewish ambulance service) to assist the families within the Jewish community that have been affected”.
The two areas of Antwerp where the mass testing has been carried out both have large Jewish communities.