Coronavirus: No Consultative Committee on 6 May after all

Coronavirus: No Consultative Committee on 6 May after all
Belgium's Health Minister, Frank Vandenbroucke. Credit: Belga

The next consultative committee which meant to discuss the follow-up of the coronavirus health crisis, and last measures in place, will not take place next Friday, 6 May, Belgian Health Minister, Frank Vandenbroucke said on Sunday.

“I spoke out of turn,” Belga News Agency quotes the Minister as saying on VRT’s Sunday program De Zevende Dag.

Vandenbroucke mentioned on Tuesday that the committee would meet on 6 May but it did not fit in to the agenda of several participants, he said on Sunday, adding that no new date had been set so far.

The aim is nevertheless to hold the meeting “relatively soon”, the minister added.

If the coronavirus pandemic continues to progress in a positive direction, the barometre could be put “in the drawer”, he said on Tuesday.

Since 7 March, Belgium’s corona barometre is placed in code yellow, which means that almost all health measures previously imposed to slow the spread of the virus have been lifted.

The last remaining rules, such as the mandatory wearing of face masks in public transport are expected to be lifted at the next consultative committee meeting.

Most indicators are currently declining (hospitalisations, intensive care and deaths), except for the number of cases, according to the latest data published by Sciensano, Belgium’s Public Health Institute.

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