Belgium has “a long process of reconstruction ahead of us,” according to the latest from Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès, who spoke to the country on Sunday evening. There’s not much more to add to that, but as we’re all on lockdown in some capacity, it’s worth remembering that the country is reporting progress.
So what is the latest in Belgium? Testing capacity tops 10,000 per day, Festivals face cancellation, and – as always – we have the latest figures as they pass 20,000.
With so much information, and so little time to catch up before it potentially changes again, here are some of the top stories from around the country to get you up to speed.
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1,123 new people have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19), confirmed the FPS Public Health during a press conference on Monday.
686 of the newly-infected people live in Flanders, 262 live in Wallonia, and 137 live in Brussels. The FPS does not yet have further information on the place of residence of 38 other people. The total number of cases in Belgium, since the beginning of the pandemic, is 20,814. Read more.
As Belgium passed into the second period of confinement, scheduled now to last until April 19 at least, prime minister Sophie Wilmès (MR) made a televised address to the nation, stressing that the road ahead would still be long and hard.
Wilmès was speaking on the day when, for the first time since the coronavirus made an appearance, the number of people discharged from hospital in the past 24 hours exceeded the number of those admitted with the virus.Read more.
Expectations are high that Belgium’s National Security Council will “probably” announce the cancellation of the big summer festivals such as Tomorrowland and Rock Werchter because of coronavirus.
This follows the news that the mayors of the municipalities where Tomorrowland and Rock Werchter take place have asked to not let the big festivals, attended by people from all over the world, take place like usual. Read more.
The airline has officially extended the date at which it aims to get planes back in the air, a fundamental shift for not only travellers, but also the staff.
This extension means that the temporary lay-off of the 4,200 employees will also be extended, with the exception of those employed on repatriation flights, fleet maintenance or preparing for the restart of operations. Read more.