Belgian minister of Health, Maggie de Block (a doctor herself) is under intense criticism from Belgians.
One comment on http://www.hln.be
, the leading news outlet in Belgium:
Maggie was klaar. Geen voorraad mondmaskers. Geen voorraad reagentia. Geen voorraad proefbuisjes. Geen testen van iedereen met symptomen want te weinig laboratoria. Dokters geen duidelijke richtlijnen. Geen verbod op reizen Iran China en Italië. Geen screenings op de luchthaven. Gebrek aan handschoenen.
Maggie was ready (for the Coronavirus, cf what she said 10 days ago, "we are ready, don't panic").
No stock of masks. No stock of reagents. No stock of test vials. No tests for everyone as not enough labs. Doctors don't have clear guidelines. No travel restrictions for Iran, China, Italy. No airport screenings. Not enough gloves.
Een week geleden verklaarde De Bock dat we er weinig zouden van merken en niet ongerust moesten zijn. Nu piept ze anders nu zie je nog maar eens hoe onbekwaam ze is eveneens ook in de regering is ze een dikke nul
A week ago De Block was saying tgat we woukd't even notice it and not to worry about it. Now she is saying something different and you can see how incompetent she is, also in givernment affairs she is a big zero. https://m.hln.be/nieuws/buitenland/live ... ~a9746f3b/
If you're now seriously using facebook comments from HLN of all places to back up your point, you've really lost the plot. The HLN comment section is seen by most Flemish people as the cesspool of the country. Badly spelled reactionary comments from people who couldn't string together a decent argument if their lives depended on it. Any politician who isn't a member of the racist extreme right wing Vlaams Belang is mercilessly attacked on there irrespective of what they do or don't do, or what they say or don't say. Half the comments on De Block simply consist of people calling her a fat cow. That's about as sophisticated as they get, and that didn't start this week with the Covid-19 crisis, it's what they've been doing from the day she got into office.
Don't ever make it seem like HLN comments represent 'the Belgians'. It's insulting.
What Maggie de Block and Van Ranst did was totally irresponsible.
They should have isolated everyone coming back from Northern Italy to avoid what is going on in Belgium.
Tiny Belgium is playing out to be a little disaster of its own right now. 169 cases for 11 million.
That prevalence would be the equivalent of 5000 cases in the USA or 25000 for a country like China.
And we're talking about numbers that are evolving.
A health emergency like Italy seems inevitable in the coming weeks/months.
Van Ranst said this a month ago:
De kans is reëel dat er ook in ons land infecties van het coronavirus zullen worden vastgesteld. Alle nodige voorzorgsmaatregelen werden alvast getroffen. ‘Maar ik blijf het zeggen, er is geen enkele reden tot paniek’, benadrukt viroloog Marc Van Ranst.
"The chance is real that there will be infections in our country. We are already making all precautionary measures. "But I will keep repeating it, there is no reason to panic."https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20200127_04822974
This is what he said the day before yesterday:
In tijden van corona is Marc Van Ranst ons kompas. Zijn stem is de stem waarnaar iedereen luistert, de overheid incluis. De professor Virologie van de KU Leuven heeft ons met opzet bezorgd gemaakt, zegt hij. “Het was de enige kogel in ons pistool. Als je geen vaccin hebt, moet je sensibiliseren.” En dat is gelukt, volgens hem.
In times of Corona, Marc van Ranst is our compass. His voice is the voice that everyone listens to, including the government. The professor virology has mad us worried on purpose he says. "It was the only bullet in our gun. If you don't have a vaccine, you need to make people sensitive to the subject." That worked, according to him.https://www.hln.be/de-krant/interview-w ... ~ae2ba60e/
You're probably a troll for the Belgian government?
Tell your bosses that they messed up big time.
Comments on HLN are highly moderated and allow everyone to express their POV.
So people are speaking their mind and I picked some comments that do reflect an increasing point of view in Belgium.
It may be a cespool of weirdo's, but Belgium is becoming a cespool of infections and people are growing frustrated with the government not taking appropriate measures.
Other than that, you don't need to take my posts seriously, I'm mostly just posting breaking news from around the world, informing people, your opinion of me doesn't matter.