While arguments in favour of reopening hairdressers or allowing shopping in pairs again are rising, De Croo said that the best way to make that happen was to stick to the rules.
“The figures are going in the right direction, but it is too early to call it a victory and change tack,” the cabinet of Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon told Het Laatste Nieuws.
However, the effects of returning travellers after the Christmas holidays and the reopening of schools still have to be reflected in the curve. “Everything will be monitored closely,” De Croo said.
On Sunday, he also said that he would like to be able to offer the population some positive prospects, but that “offering false hope would be worse.”
However, according to virologist and interfederal Covid-19 spokesperson Steven Van Gucht, Belgium could reach the set relaxation thresholds of 800 infections and 75 hospitalisations per day by early February, if the current trend continues.
As Vandenbroucke already stated that once the thresholds are reached, the figures should remain stable for three weeks, that means that rules could begin to relax around 21 February.