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“The horror! …. the horror!”

 

 

Tom Lanoye in de NRC van 4 augustus 2020:  < <  De term Hollandse Rekenkunde bezit in België nog steeds een kwalijke reputatie. Na de nederlaag van Napoleon werden in 1815 Nederland en België samengevoegd door het bewind van koning Willem I. Hij legde zijn grondwet ook in ‘het Zuiden’ ter stemming voor. Van de achthonderd tegenstemmen trok hij er eerst honderdzesentwintig af op religieuze gronden. Vervolgens telde hij tweehonderdtachtig thuisblijvers mee als voorstemmers. Hopla! Grondwet goedgekeurd!
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In de werkelijke werkelijkheid zijn al meer dan tienduizend Nederlanders aan het virus gestorven. Als je dat extrapoleert op de morbide tracking list van The New York Times, staat Nederland procentueel niet meer ergens middenin, maar pal tussen Spanje en Italië. De twee meest getroffen landen op het Europese vasteland. Op België na, natuurlijk. Wij blijven de trieste koploper. > >

 

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De New York Times van zaterdag 8 augustus 2020  / Over Belgische ouderen in verpleeghuizen tijdens Corona/Covid19 .

“Toen Covid-19 toesloeg, werden vele ouderen aan hun lot overgelaten, om te sterven.”  / “When Covid- 19 hit, many elderly were left to die.”

By Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Matt Apuzzo and Monika Pronczuk – Photographs by Mauricio Lima  /  NY Times –  Aug. 8, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET

<<   Few countries embody this lethally ineffective pandemic response more than Belgium, where government officials excluded nursing-home patients from the testing policy until thousands were already dead. Nursing homes were left waiting for proper masks and gowns. When masks did arrive from the government, they came late and were sometimes defective.
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“I never thought I would work with M.S.F. [=  Médecins Sans Frontières = Artsen Zonder Grenzen] in my own country. That’s crazy. We are a rich country,” said Marine Tondeur, a Belgian nurse who has worked in South Sudan and Haiti.

Ms. Tondeur was horrified at her country’s response.

“I feel a bit ashamed, actually, that we forgot those homes.”
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Belgium has one of the world’s largest nursing-home populations per capita, and years of research has shown that respiratory illnesses like Covid-19 are among the most common diseases in such facilities. Data from China demonstrated that the elderly were most at risk from Covid-19.

Government reports as far back as 2006 had called for infectious-disease training for nursing-home doctors and public help to stockpile protective equipment. A separate report in 2009 recommended adding nursing homes to the national pandemic plan. Both proposals went nowhere.

So, at the beginning of March, nursing homes were effectively on their own. Belgium’s internal risk-assessment documents did not even mention nursing homes among the top concerns.
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Today, Ms. De Block [van “Open Vld”], Belgium’s national health minister, speaks about the nursing homes as if they were an unfortunate footnote in a story of a successful government response. She notes with pride that Belgium never ran out of hospital beds.

“We took measures at the right moment,” she said in an interview, adding, “We can be proud.” >>

 

 

 

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