BRUSSELS (NWN) – The Belgian government vowed to reinforce measures to contain the coronavirus even further with new measures to be decided on Friday, potentially closing more schools and extending the opening times of bars and restaurants. including reducing.
Local media said Friday’s possible measures include further cuts to indoor sporting events and reducing group meetings to a maximum of 200 people.
“We have to strengthen the dikes – strengthen them,” Health Minister Frank Vandenbrücke told parliament. “At a certain point you really have to make them strong enough and that’s the challenge for Friday.” It will be the third time Belgium has taken measures to contain the latest spike in cases in less than a month.
Over the past few weeks, the number of cases and hospitalizations has at times exceeded even the worst medical predictions. Last Friday, the government tightened measures for the second time in a little over a week and closed nightclubs, while bars and restaurants had to close at 11 p.m. for the next three weeks.
Under the proposals of experts, which can be extended till 8 pm
The latest figures of 11 million in the country show that 17,917 new cases are being reported in a day on a weekly average. The number of hospital admissions increased by 9% in one day, and ICU patients now total 792 with an increase of 20% on a weekly basis.
Overall, 75% of Belgium’s population has been fully vaccinated, one of the highest percentages in the European Union of 27 countries. “We thought it would completely strengthen our wall of defence,” Prime Minister Alexander de Cru said. “We have to recognize that we were wrong,” he said, as he acknowledged that more measures would be needed.