October 26, 2020 at 4:42 p.m. EDT
The Covid-19 unrest in Belgium has led to a shortage of doctors, teachers and police
From Quentin Aries and Michael Birnbaum
BRUSSELS – Long in the second wave of coronavirus in Europe, so many Belgians are sick or quarantined that there are not enough police on the streets, teachers in classrooms or medical staff in hospitals.
In some hospitals, doctors and nurses who have tested positive but have no symptoms have been asked to continue working because so many others are suffering from covid-1
9, a disease caused by the new coronavirus. School principals assign secretaries and parent volunteers to replace the declining ranks of teachers.
“We have escaped pollution numbers and the main problem is the risk of our country’s hospital system collapsing,” Brussels Prime Minister Rudy Verworth said on Saturday, announcing a number of new restrictions.