Belgium in Brief: First Coronavirus Death, Amazon Approaches
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Belgium continues to face the spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-19), but remains reluctant to enact as stringent measures seen in the rest of Europe. As social gatherings are cancelled, and the first death in Belgium is confirmed, here’s the latest info from around the country to get you up to speed, and some non-coronavirus news too.
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47 new people have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19), confirmed the FPS Public Health on Wednesday. On 10 March, the network of the National Reference Laboratory tested 639 samples at the KU Leuven, of which 47 tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Belgium to 314. Read more.
For the next two weeks, there will be no concerts with more than a thousand spectators in the Sportpaleis, the Lotto Arena and Forest National, while AB is looking into creative solutions to try and make sure events go ahead as planned. Read more.
In the face of EU countries fighting the coronavirus outbreak with measures ranging from all-out lockdowns to the rationing of supplies, Belgium shows reluctance to adopt disruptive containment measures, even as leaders say they expect the virus to keep on spreading. Read more.
A new study led by researchers at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) has claimed that shared electric scooters in Brussels pollute more than the modes of transport they aim to replace. Industry players, however, remain unconvinced. Read more.
Belgian Pride, the country’s largest event for the LGBT+ community, has announced that it will screen companies and organisations wishing to sponsor the event according to how they practice diversity within the company.
“We no longer wish to work with brands, but with employers in Belgium who work towards inclusion, both in their human resources policy and in their internal and external communications,” said organisers. Read more.