Belgium’s high coronavirus mortality rate: Sign of mismanagement or transparency?

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Belgium is among the worst affected countries when it comes to the coronavirus mortality rate. In relation to the size of the population, the death toll is frightening. However, when analyzed in detail, you see a different picture. Brussels based journalist Robin Ramaekers told about the story of Belgium.

After the U.S. President Donald Trump shared a graph aiming to prove the USA’s success in tackling coronavirus, he also put Belgium in fire because Belgium was at the top of that graph with the highest mortality rate per population.

President Trump speaks as he points to China on a chart showing death rates per 100,000 inhabitants during a coronavirus task force briefing on April 18. Belgium surged to the top of the chart because authorities are including all deaths that are even suspected of being caused by the virus, whether the deceased was tested or not.

Belgium is using a counting system that no other country in the world is currently using. They are counting deaths in both hospitals and care homes. Additionally, deaths in care homes that are suspected but not confirmed are recorded as official coronavirus cases. This approach causes the numbers to jump. Therefore, Belgium has become a hot topic in global media due to slapdash research.

Why are so many people dying in Belgium? Is there a mismanagement crisis in the government or are they more honest and transparent than the rest of the world in terms of counting and reporting? What do Belgian people think about this alleged bad reputation?

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