‘Status quo not an option in fighting this pandemic,’ says Rudi Vervoort
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
The Belgian government must act now in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and take strong measures, according to Brussels Minister-President Rudi Vervoort.
Although he would not disclose exactly what would be discussed during Wednesday’s advanced Consultative Committee, he did tell Le Soir “non-essential businesses, non-medical contact professions… it is all on the table.”
“The status quo is not an option in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Belgium. If we don’t take quick and strong measures, we will find ourselves faced with congestion of the hospital system and more specifically of the ICU,” he said.
He emphasised that the objective remained to re-open the hospitality sector on 1 May, and that “strong, balanced and time-limited restrictions” were needed to do so.
Il faut établir des mesures NÉCESSAIRES et EFFICACES. Pas un bricolage. Il faut une pédagogie qui ramène de l’adhésion. Là est la clé. Nous avons donc plus besoin de véritables études scientifiques que d’interviews anxiogènes. On parle de la vie de millions de personnes #begov 🇧🇪
Leader of the Francophone liberal MR party, Georges-Louis Bouchez, also pleaded for “necessary and efficient measures” on Twitter.
“Come up with explanations that make people follow the rules. There lies the key. Real scientific studies instead of fear-mongering interviews. We are talking about the lives of millions of people,” he wrote