The number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 has risen steadily over the past two to three weeks.

However, Covid is not the only virus on the rise - according to paediatrician Dr Isabel De La Fuente, the country is currently in the midst of an unusual phenomenon, with winter viruses spreading at a high rate through the population.

Dr Isabel de la Fuente

The CHL's children's hospital has been overrun with young patients suffering from bronchiolitis and other airway infections. Covid, however, is not currently an issue for hospitalised children, said Dr De La Fuente.

The adult wards tell a different story. Here, hospitalisations have risen over the last few weeks, with 17 Covid patients reported on Wednesday, six of whom are in intensive care. The hospital has also accepted patient transfers from other hospitals.

On Wednesday, intensive care physician Dr Jean Reuter told an online CHL round table discussion that patients are currently in younger age brackets and generally unvaccinated. In recent weeks, the intensive care unit had accommodated just one vaccinated patient; however, the patient was immunocompromised and awaiting a third booster jab.

Dr Thèrese Staub told RTL the vaccine protects against serious complications from the virus. At present, there is just one vaccinated person in hospital, a patient aged 88. Dr Staub said her patients had expressed regret at not having the vaccine.

The vaccination rate has certainly slowed in the Grand Duchy at present, with just 929 first jabs administered on Tuesday. The demand for the waitlists has also reduced in the last couple of weeks. However, Dr Staub reiterated the importance of taking up vaccine appointments, saying it is important to take advantage of the protection offered.

D’Dr Thérèse Staub

Children aged 12 and over can now make appointments for the jab, with codes dispersed to all eligible residents. The codes can be reactivated if expired by calling the hotline. As of August, GPs and paediatricians will be able to administer the vaccine.