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Virologist Marc Van Ranst: 'This is the most difficult period' | NRC News |

Marc Van Ranst The best-known virologist in Belgium is concerned about the polarization caused by the corona pandemic. "Rocket launchers, that was not planned."

He is the best known and most outspoken virologist in Belgium. Professor in Leuven, member of the expert group that advises the Belgian government, and daily in the media to explain the corona measures. And to firmly fight against disinformation. Marc Van Ranst (56) is acclaimed but also threatened, and this spring even went into hiding with his family for over a month because he was threatened with death by the extreme right-wing Belgian soldier Jürgen Conings. And this week was the referred lawsuit that corona skeptic and Virus Truth foreman Willem Engel brought against him for defamation, including because he called him "virus denier" and "conman".

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Let's understand each other well: if people keep looking for loopholes and excuses, or cheat by forging or passing on corona passes, or by not checking the corona pass, or by ignoring too high CO2 levels, then only 1 remains. option: lock down.

From the start of the pandemic until now, 23,343,172 corona tests have been performed in Belgium. On average exactly 2.00 tests per Belgian. In comparison ...
Netherlands: 1.17
France: 2.31
Germany: 0.97
UK: 5.14
Austria: 11.66

by Oui on Mon Nov 22nd, 2021 at 03:51:22 PM EST
Any breakdown based on language? Are the Dutch-speakers the problem? Reinhold Messner on Italians:
Per Messner le zone della sua terra in cui i No vax sono più forti sono "quelle contadine e le valli alpine. Dove abitano quasi esclusivamente persone di madrelingua tedesca".
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Nov 22nd, 2021 at 03:59:44 PM EST
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Not the vaccination numbers are demanding, don't forget the importance of face masks, distancing and abiding by the rules to avoid transmission and infecting others. The virus loves to move to a new host ...

Belgium's most-vaccinated province also has highest number of Covid cases

West Flanders has the highest vaccination rates in Belgium, according to data from Sciensano, but the province is struggling with some of the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases since the pandemic first began.

Koksijde, Middelkerke and De Haan are at the top of the list of the most vaccinated municipalities, with 88, 87 and 86 percent of their population fully vaccinated, reports RTBF.

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Vaccination rates remain uneven across Belgium, with 80 percent of people in Flanders fully vaccinated but 69 percent in Wallonia and just 56 percent in Brussels. In the German-speaking region of Ostbelgien, 64 percent of people are fully vaccinated.

by Oui on Mon Nov 22nd, 2021 at 07:28:19 PM EST
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