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"Common sense must come first," "Of course, the police can stop a barbecue with 100. But intervening in people's private lives? Asking the supermarket where people are domiciled? I'm not giving an order for that. ”
Dr Leentje Janssen who works in a Ghent hospital has claimed that Belgium has avoided a crisis in coronavirus intensive care by sacrificing elderly patients "Those who grew up in the aftermath of the war are now being sacrificed"
Belgium latest figures: a dip in hospital admissions 162 deaths over past 24 hours with delayed reporting of another 241 deaths in Flemish care homes bringing total to 2,035
Yves Stevens, crisis centre spokes: "The decrease in the number of hospital admissions is encouraging. We are far from there yet, but we are on the right track. continue, show solidarity and take care of yourself and others"
Interesting on the future from Steven Van Gucht, the chances are that the corona virus will return every flu season "That in itself is not a problem. In the long term, we expect it to behave like a normal seasonal virus...
Every day, I am more and more struck how unrepresentative and flakey Britain's political class/state apparatus has become and how incapable it is at dealing with change, or a challenge (such as Brexit). It seems so weak and looks so irrelevant
NEW EU ready to make a major concession on consent by allowing a double majority in the NI assembly to leave new Irish backstop after (as yet) unspecified number of years
Timing of this could not be worse. It is doing the rounds in all the EU delegations. Expect France, Barnier etc to raise it later
Summit could be called off. Germany and France not on same page I hear. What a disaster for May if #EUCO is cancelled