The news this week has been characterised by one very simple thing.
Belgium as a country is facing rising coronavirus figures, and if the crisis so far is anything to go by, rising figures will mean changes to measures. What those measures will be, however, is anyone’s guess.
So, we are waiting. Waiting to find out what’s going to change. Waiting for test results. Waiting for the end of quarantines, travel bans and orange zones.
Waiting for a new government, for the next meeting of the National Security Council and what that brings.
While we wait, however, let’s have a look at what else is in the news.
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Over 200,000 people should be in quarantine at the moment in Belgium after having returned to the country from a red or orange travel zone.
Over the past two weeks, 43,000 people have declared they are returning to the country after a stay in a red travel zone, according to figures by the federal public health service (FPS Health). Read more.
Despite several experts expressing their concerns about the rapid increase in new coronavirus cases in the country, Belgium’s National Security Council will not gather earlier than planned to adjust the current measures.
The next National Security Council remains on the agenda for the week of 21 September, as initially announced by Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès, and will not be held earlier, according to reports. Read more.
The Belgian government has been called out for a lack of clarity and transparency concerning coronavirus figures in a new letter from several medical experts at the UGhent and the University Hospital of Ghent.
According to the letter’s signatories, which include the dean of the Medicine Faculty and the head doctor at the Ghent University Hospital, there is a need to adjust how figures are communicated. Read more.