Belgium Covid Spikes

Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said the country “finds itself in a health emergency”.

“The pressure on our hospitals is huge,” he said, while announcing the new measures, adding: “These are last-chance measures if we want to get the figures down.”

Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke said the new lockdown “will not plunge people into isolation”.

“It’s a lockdown, but a lockdown that allows factories to operate, that will allow schools to open cautiously,” he said. Belgium is facing a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections. 

Almost 2,500 coronavirus patients have been hospitalized, and 400 are in intensive care.

“We are really very close to a tsunami,” warned Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke on Sunday, speaking with broadcaster RTL. He said the French-speaking region of Wallonia and the capital, Brussels, were Europe’s worst-affected regions. “We are still in control of the situation, but it’s very difficult,” he said, adding that things could soon get out of hand.

Vandenbroucke acknowledged that health care workers were under tremendous pressure and said that if infections continued to rise, non-essential medical procedures would have to be postponed.

Belgium record a steep rise in coronavirus infections. The government has ordered bars and restaurants to close, and urged people to wear face masks and work from home. Hospital workers say they’re overwhelmed.

Belgium has imposed strict new rules to combat the recent spike in coronavirus infections, which means all restaurants and bars must shut for the next four weeks

Belgians must wear face masks in shops and when using public transport, and now they’ve been urged to restrict their contacts to only one person outside of their immediate family. “This virus is nobody’s fault,” said Vandenbroucke, countering accusations that young people are to blame for the second coronavirus wave. “It’s up to all of us to get this situation under control.”

Belgian government has said that those who can should work from home. Ordinary shops, museums and schools, however, are to remain open. “We do not want to bring life to a total standstill,” said Vandenbroucke. “We face two enemies, after all: the virus and loneliness, depression.”

The southern city of Charleroi, for example, has made face masks mandatory everywhere. But in the next town over, completely different rules apply.

To ensure that the latest measures are uniformly implemented across the country, the federal government has now installed a coronavirus commissioner to facilitate communication between different levels of local government and administration.

Belgium’s various regional and local decision-makers, however, are divided over the new government measures, making for curious inconsistencies. The southern city of Charleroi, for example, has made face masks mandatory everywhere. But in the next town over, completely different rules apply.

To ensure that the latest measures are uniformly implemented across the country, the federal government has now installed a coronavirus commissioner to facilitate communication between different levels of local government and administration.

Published by Naresh Sagar

Mentor MSME, Motivator, Media Event Org, Management fiscal & Water management.Social Media branding,Internet broadcasters,Propunder of Indian Philosophy

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