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Since the beginning of the pandemic Belgium and Holland have had virtually the same number of infections in the population - 21-22%, and yet the death rate in Belgium is twice that of Holland. Is that due to age profile, vaccination profile, healthcare quality or what?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 10:21:10 PM EST
The Dutch with Mark Rutte have a significant undercount of Covid-19 deaths. Furthermore their policy have differed greatly ... see start of the booster campaign ... the Dutch started when Omicron had arrived at the end of November. The luck of the stupid, the Netherlands had to go into a lockdown mid December as Belgium kept business and bars/restaurants open.

The lockdown has benefited greatly to keep hospital beds and ICU occupation quite low. See my latest data ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 10:56:35 PM EST
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But Belgium had for a year an interdiction of its own citizens to travel outside of the EU and very strict contact tracing (associated to free testing everywhere), all these were not in place in NL.
by Tom2 on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 10:49:51 AM EST
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The criteria for labeling a death as "COVID" are not the same in the two countries; this was pointed out as early as 2020: Belgium is probably over-counting, The Netherlands...
by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 08:55:55 PM EST
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