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Corona measures in Belgium – Belgium reacts to the 2nd Wave of Covid-19

In Brussels, too, it was the “last round”: In the Belgian capital, as the seat of the EU institutions, all bars and cafes closed this week – initially for a month. As in France, restaurants can remain open for the time being under more stringent conditions. Last Friday decided whether and how schools and universities can stay open.

The Belgian health authorities counted 502 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in Brussels in the past two weeks. This makes the metropolis the second most severely affected by the pandemic and only in Madrid are the numbers of infections even higher.

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Cafes and Bars in Brussels have to close for a month due to Covid-19 Measures

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Due to the very high Corona numbers, cafes and bars in the Belgian capital Brussels have to close again. This was decided by the mayors of the 19 municipalities in Brussels on Wednesday, as the Belga news agency reported. The requirements therefore apply from this Thursday for one month.

Restaurants are allowed to stay open and at the beginning of the Corona crisis, the hospitality industry in Belgium was closed for months.

The corona rules for the entire country were tightened on Tuesday. From Friday onwards, citizens should only maintain close contact with three people outside the family per month. Only four people are allowed to sit together in the café. There is curfew at 11 p.m. and working from home is strongly recommended.

Due to the number of infections, a travel warning from the Foreign Office currently applies to all of Belgium. The numbers are highest in Brussels. Here the so-called 14-day incidence – i.e. the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the past two weeks – is higher than 500. It is 245 throughout Belgium.

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European Union Borders / Schengen to Shut due to Coronavirus Covid-19

The European Union’s external borders will be closed to non-essential travel  for 30 days as of Tuesday to fight the spread of the coronavirus, while France is following Italy and Spain in imposing a nationwide lockdown for at least 15 days.

In an address to the nation Monday night, President Emmanuel Macron announced France was at war against COVID-19. He announced new measures both within France and across the EU to contain its spread.

Macron said as of midday Tuesday, the EU and Europe’s visa-free Schengen zone borders would be shut for 30 days for all but essential travel. Earlier in the day, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said she had made the recommendation to the 27-member bloc.

Macron also announced a minimum 15-day lockdown across France and its territories. People must drastically limit their movement outside their homes to essential work, errands and health services also as of Tuesday midday. Getting together with friends and non-household family members is forbidden, and violators risk punishment.

The new restrictions come amid surging numbers of coronavirus cases here — and as some hospitals increasingly struggle to cope with an overload of sick patients, especially in the eastern part of the country.

Macron also said the second round of local elections would be postponed, along with a series of unpopular reforms his government has pushed through in recent months. He announced measures to support businesses hard hit by the coronavirus, including more than $335 billion in tax and other relief.

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Belgium Significantly Tightened Corona Measures

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Infection numbers in Belgium are increasing strongly again and the government has announced stricter contact restrictions to prevent another lockdown.

As of Wednesday, the Belgians may only meet a maximum of five people privately with whom they do not live together, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès said yesterday. Until now, private meetings with up to 15 people were allowed.

In addition, a night curfew was imposed in Antwerp and residents may no longer leave their houses and apartments between 23:30 and 06:00. All bars and restaurants in the port city have to close at 11 p.m. Contact sports are prohibited and all team sports for adults. Home office for companies in Antwerp is mandatory if the employer allows it.

In the rest of the country, public events in closed rooms are limited to 100 people and if you want to go shopping, you have to do it alone and only within a 30 minutes time-frame.

Wilmès was “very concerned” about the recent increase in infection rates. According to their information, the new rules will initially apply for four weeks and aim to prevent national curfews within Belgium.

According to the authorities, an average of 279 Belgians were infected per day last week, compared to 163 per day the previous week. As of Monday, more than 66,000 corona cases and 9,821 deaths were recorded in Belgium.

Belgium Coronavirus Report
347,289
Confirmed
13,571
Confirmed (24h)
11,038
Deaths
139
Deaths (24h)
3.2%
Deaths (%)
23,504
Recovered
248
Recovered (24h)
6.8%
Recovered (%)
312,747
Active
90.1%
Active (%)

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Covid-19 Belgium
347,289
Confirmed
13,571
Confirmed (24h)
139
Deaths (24h)
248
Recovered (24h)
According to the Government in Belgium, Belgium has confirmed 13,571 new Covid-19 infections within Belgium in the last 24 hours and furthermore 139 deaths have been reported throughout Belgium. With the new deaths of 139, Belgium now has a total of 347,289 Coronavirus/Covid-19 infections and the official death rate reported by the government of Belgium is 3.2%. 11,038 died in Belgium.

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