in the Face of the upsurge of cases in the country, the Belgium will toughen the measures to combat the sars coronavirus. The First belgian minister Sophie Wilmès has alerted on an increase in cases "alarming" and announced a new series of measures to avoid " a reconfinement generalized ". "The epidemiological data are of concern and we are very concerned," said the leader during a press conference after a national security Council.
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She expressed, in particular, of "serious concern "about" a blaze of epidemiological important " in Antwerp (North). The number of people that Belgians are allowed to see as part of their "bubble contact" changes from 15 to 5 persons, starting Wednesday for the next four weeks. The public events will be limited to 100 people inside (instead of 200) and 200 to the outside (instead of 400).
telework is "highly recommended when it is possible"
telework is "highly recommended when it is possible," said Sophie Wilmès, regretting that he is " less used ". The Belgians are also invited to make their races only and limited to 30 minutes. Enhanced measures were already in force on Saturday, in particular the compulsory wearing of masks in areas of high visitor use (markets, flea markets, shopping streets, hotels, etc.).
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The mask is mandatory since 11 July in public transport, shops, cinemas, places of worship, museums and libraries. If the port mask is not required so widespread, it is mandatory in " many situations ", pointed out Sophie Wilmès. The First minister has called on the Belgian to the "patience" and " courage ". "All these measures are made to avoid a reconfinement generalized. It should be observed at all ages, in all situations, " she urged, while most of the infections occur in the under 60 years of age.
279 contamination by the day
The previous containment has been "extremely challenging for most of our fellow citizens" and "we are at the dawn of an economic crisis without precedent," she pointed out to explain the need to avoid a new containment. On average, 279 people per day were infected with Covid-19 over the last week, compared with 163 in the previous week.
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The situation was particularly problematic in the province of Antwerp, which registered 47 % of new infections in the past week, and the First minister has called on the local authorities to take "strong measures" quickly. The country had Monday 66 026 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, and 9 821 deaths.
Belgium is one of the countries with the largest number of deaths in the Covid-19 relative to its population, with 85 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants. The census by the authorities of the dead of the coronavirus is one of the most comprehensive in the world since are integrated into the deaths possibly linked to the virus without it having been proven by a test.