We can clearly observe a rise in COVID-related interventions during the first and second waves.
Furthermore, we note that the overall number of interventions in the selected period in 2020 is lower than in 2019. The average number of interventions per day was 1,823 and 2,047 interventions respectively. The number of interventions primarily reduced during the peak of the first and second COVID-19 waves. There are several reasons for this: for example, the stricter measures resulted in less traffic, which led to fewer accidents; during the first wave, construction activities were suspended, which led to fewer accidents at work, etc. In addition, the reduction in the number of interventions can be explained by the fact that people postponed their (non-essential) care on the advice of their doctor, in order to reduce the pressure on the health care system or out of fear of going to the hospital.
NUMBER OF(NON-) COVID-19-RELATED INTERVENTIONS BETWEEN 15/03/2020 AND 31/12/2020
Source: FPS Home Affairs and Brussels Capital Service for Fire Fighting and Emergency Medical Assistance