Belgium’s coronavirus figures are still increasing, but Greenpeace reminded everyone on Friday – 11 September – that the pandemic is not the only crisis we should be worried about.
The organisation hung a banner, reading “Amazon fires – Europe guilty,” on the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels, blaming them for the fires.
“The world’s forests and other ecosystems are being destroyed to make way for expanding agriculture,” Greenpeace said in a statement. “Forests are essential for life. They are our best defence against climate breakdown.”
By making it look like the Commission building is on fire, the organisation hopes to raise awareness about the urgency of the issue.
So, what else is in the news today? Hundreds of people on a flight to Charleroi were mistakenly told to quarantine, Liechtenstein is the only travel zone still entirely green for Belgians, and the Red Devils’ team captain enforcing face mask rules.
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Hundreds of people were mistakenly told they must quarantine and get tested upon arrival in Belgium due to a system error involving a flight returning from a previously red zone.
People on a Ryanair flight from Sofia to Charleroi Airport on 30 August received a text message upon landing, informing them they were returning from a red zone and were required to get tested and quarantine.
“Everyone was unpleasantly surprised,” one passenger told The Brussels Times, noting that many were “asking questions and demanding answers.” Read More.
An average of 547.4 people per day tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Belgium during the past week, according to the latest figures by Sciensano on Friday.
The trend of new infections per day increased by 22% over the 7-day period from 1 to 7 September. This is the sixth day in a row that the average number of new confirmed coronavirus infections in Belgium rises again.
From 4 to 10 September, the authorities recorded an average of 22 new hospital admissions per day, an increase compared to the daily average of 15.7 in the week before. The number of new hospitalisations remains relatively low, but continues to increase. Read more.
The principality of Liechtenstein remains the only country in Europe deemed as entirely safe for travel for Belgian residents, who can travel to and from there without any type of coronavirus restrictions.
In an update of Belgium’s travel advice on Wednesday, all countries had territories which were listed as either a red or orange travel zone in terms of risks related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Liechtenstein was the only destination whose entire territory remained as low-risk or green, meaning travel to and from is not bound to any sort of coronavirus restrictions, such as a test or quarantine. Read more.
An analysis saying that coronavirus infections mainly happen at work or school is being called into question by Belgian biostatistician Geert Molenberghs, who points to the lack of infection clusters in those places, and instead blames returning travellers for the increase in Belgium’s figures.
Even though some infections will definitely happen at school or at work, “there are no clusters of infections” that could indicate that these are the places where most infections happen. Read more.