243 new people have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19), confirmed the FPS Public Health during a press conference on Wednesday.
133 of the newly infected people live in Flanders, 66 live in Wallonia, and 41 live in Brussels. The FPS does not have further information on the place of residence of 3 other people. The total number of cases in Belgium, since the beginning of the pandemic, is 1,486. Read more.
Anyone found ignoring the new instructions issued by the government to tackle the spread of coronavirus could face prosecution, according to Ine Van Wymersch, the public prosecutor for Halle-Vilvoorde.
“Anyone who fails to keep to the rules is putting public health in serious danger,” she told VRT radio. Read more.
EU leaders agreed to seal the external borders of the bloc to non-EU residents travelling for non-essential reasons, in an effort to provide a concerted response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Calls from the EU Commission received “broad support” from member states which will now be tasked to implement the checks on their external borders, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. Read more.
The University of Namur has developed a new procedure to diagnose the coronavirus.
The procedure was approved by the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) on Tuesday afternoon. The technique will increase the number of tests carried out in Belgium, and will be used in addition to the tests used by the reference laboratories. Read more.
Food delivery service Deliveroo has announced that it will make the pick-up and delivery of all food contact-free, in a response to the continued spread of the coronavirus.
“This is to help protect your safety, as well as the safety of our restaurants and riders in Belgium as the Covid-19 outbreak continues,” the company said in an email to users on Wednesday morning. Read more.