Coronavirus: the number of contaminations has halved in the working population

This document makes a comparison of the number of contaminations in the different sectors of economic life.

The data covers the period from July 19 to August 1. Compared to the previous period, which extended from June 28 to July 11, the incidence of the virus has been reduced by half: it has fallen from 951 to 484. The incidence rate establishes the number of infections recorded in the course of the last fourteen days per 100,000 inhabitants.

The number of infections in the working population has therefore decreased more rapidly than in the general population. At the beginning of July, infections were higher in the working population, whereas today the average incidence in this population is just below that observed in the general population.

This may be explained by the holiday period, during which fewer people are at work, the report says.

In addition, the many social and recreational activities of this period help to increase the incidence in the general population.

Most of the contaminations are observed in the health, social services and care sector, but also in the aviation sector, including in the support activities of this sector. Among the teaching staff, there is a sharp drop in the number of infections.

It is therefore clear that holidays and school closures have a significant impact on the drop in figures.

Professor Lode Godderis therefore calls for preparation, now, for the start of the school year and the return from vacation. In some sectors, such as education and health care, there could be staff shortages, he said.

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