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The less dangerous omicron variant? “This does not mean that the virus is benign”, recalls Yves Van Laethem

The interfederal spokesperson expects a significant increase in contamination in the coming weeks.

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UA new Consultative Committee is taking place this Thursday, to mark the start of a new year which always begins under the sign of the coronavirus. Representatives of the federal governments and federated entities have been discussing since 9:30 am in hybrid form (partially in virtual form), mainly to take stock of the situation. No decisive decision is expected from the meeting.

The interfederal spokesperson, Yves Van Laethem, was questioned by our colleagues from Belga while contaminations explode in Belgium. The record for the number of cases was also exceeded this week. “We expect to have potentially a lot more than that again in the coming weeks” announced the scientist who hopes, even if it is hard to predict, a peak for the end of January, beginning of February. “The number of hospital admissions is increasing, but fortunately we have a continuous decrease in intensive care and we have come back under this famous barrier of 500 beds. “

Yves Van Laethem also reviewed the dangerousness of the omicron variant. “We see that the virus circulates a lot, but that the impact is smaller on hospitalizations and for the most severe forms. But that doesn’t mean the virus is mild. “

For the scientist, it makes sense to reopen the schools on Monday. “The circulation of the virus will be so important in the general population that the school will be a reflection of society and no longer a motor of the epidemic. ”


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