BRUSSELS - Thousands of medical staff took the streets of the Belgian capital, Brussels, on Sunday to call for greater funding for the health sector.

Around 4,000 people took part in the protests, which demanded an end to the "commodification of care" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"We came here in Brussels to demonstrate and demand morerespect for our job and a pay rise," one nurse told Reuters news agency.

Belgium, which is home to around 11.5 million people, has reported one of the highest death tolls compared to the size of its population worldwide.(FA)