Belgium in Brief: The Journey Home

Belgium in Brief: The Journey Home
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Nope. Still not talking about Covid, there's plenty on that below.

Today, we're discussing a topic close to the hearts of many: the festive journey.

With everything else going on in the world it might seem like a small thing to be concerned about, but that doesn't mean that it's not on people's minds.

2020 saw plenty of people practically trapped abroad, unable to visit loved ones at a time of year that – for many – is intrinsically linked to family and friends.

So what's happening in 2021? Things are difficult, expensive, disheartening even – but travel is possible.

The big question... where are you going this year?

Let @johnstonjules know. 

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1. Early reports: Omicron coronavirus variant less severe

Early reports from hospitals where patients infected with the Omicron coronavirus variant are being treated indicate that the illness is not as severe as other strains of Covid-19. Here they are.

2. Anderlecht will get Brussels’ first public swimming pond in 2024

The Anderlecht district will open the first public swimming pond in Brussels in 2024, according to Brussels Minister of the Environment Alain Maron (Ecolo). Read more.

3. Vaccination centres in Brussels stations now open on weekends

The vaccination centres in the Bruxelles-Midi and Bruxelles-Central train stations were open over the weekend and will continue to be for as long as necessary, SNCB says. Read more.

4. ‘Coronavirus barometer’ back on the table of next Consultative Committee

After being put on the back burner for almost a year, the idea of a ‘coronavirus barometer’ will be back on the table at the next Consultative Committee in the week of 20 December. Read more.

5. ‘Epidemic is stagnating’: sharp rise in Belgium’s coronavirus figures halted

The sharp rise in Belgium’s coronavirus figures seems to be over, as the cautiously positive trend that started at the end of last week is confirmed by preliminary weekend figures from the Sciensano public health institute. Read more.

6. Hidden Belgium: Passage de la Bourse

Charleroi has been named the ugliest city in Europe. But don’t let that put you off. Read more.

7. European Cinema Night: Five days of free screenings across the EU

The fourth edition of European Cinema Night kicked off on Monday, with five days of free screenings of EU-supported films across Europe. Here's more.

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