Belgium needs stricter advice on Italian travel, virologist warns
Friday, 06 March 2020
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Virologist Marc Van Ranst, head of the reference laboratory for coronavirus analysis, has suggested that official travel advice given for Italy should be more stringent in view of the spread of covid-19 (coronavirus).
“Most of the detected coronavirus cases are in northern Italy, and it is travel to northern Italy that is bringing the virus into our country,” Van Ranst declared on Friday on Radio 2. To contain the epidemic, it is necessary to limit the entry of infected persons into Belgium, he emphasises.
Advice from the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs was reviewed last month, but the government is only recommending travellers follow the instructions of local authorities and stay informed.