Belgium in Brief: Brussels' Long Haul

Belgium in Brief: Brussels' Long Haul
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Brussels has made headlines in Belgium today for not hitting a vaccine target, but that's not the focus of today's preamble.

No, today I want to talk about the idea of targets in general – because it looks as if Brussels is doing away with them entirely. Instead, the minister in charge admitted that the region is "in it for the long haul."

"What will the ceiling be in Brussels? I can't answer that," explained Inge Neven, the head of the Brussels health inspectorate.

Up until this point, everything has been based on targets, goals and criteria. There have provided a focus for us to set our sights on and collectively play our role in stopping the virus spread. But as we near our second Christmas – yes, I said Christmas – since this all started, has the time come to stop focusing on somewhat arbitrary goals and realise this might take a while?

Let @johnstonjules know (or email me j.johnston@brusselstimes.com). 

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1. Brussels missed target of 65% vaccinated by the end of October

With 57% of its population currently vaccinated, the Brussels-Capital Region has fallen far short of its target of vaccinating 65% of residents by the end of October, reports L’Echo on Tuesday. Read more.

2. Mystery of the private jet flying 1.3 tonnes cocaine to Brussels

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The forces behind a private plane heading for Brussels from an airport in the north-east of Brazil have finally been revealed: one of the country’s leading drugs barons, a former military policeman now thought to be living in Dubai. Read more.

3. What will change on 1 November?

With a new month comes new rules, from coronavirus measures to app updates for some mobile phones. Find out what changes on 1 November 2021. Here's more.

4. US discourages travel to Belgium amid rising cases

The United States’ Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned its citizens to avoid travel to Belgium as a rise in the number of new Covid-19 cases has been recorded. Read More.

5. One extra portion of dairy a day can help elderly avoid fractures

Adding one portion of dairy produce to the diets of elderly people can substantially reduce the chance of fractures, according to a large-scale study carried out in Australia. Read more.

6. 140 undocumented migrants occupy Brussels church again

About 140 undocumented migrants have re-occupied the Beguinage Church in Brussels since Monday. Here's more.

7. Most rainy October in over 20 years

With 121.1 mm of precipitation, October 2021 was the second-wettest October on record, according to the monthly climate report published on Sunday by the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI). See more here.


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