In a week expected to be dominated by predictions, news, and wishes for the Consultative Committee on Friday, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo surprised many when he announced another press conference, to be held at 2:30 PM today.
The press conference will be about “the evolution of the pandemic in our country, with long-term models,” De Croo’s cabinet confirmed to The Brussels Times.
An exit plan, based on a report by the experts as De Croo announced at the last press conference, is not expected yet, but the aim is to offer transparency about how decisions for relaxations or restrictions are made.
As many sectors and politicians are taking to the media to make their case, De Croo aims to clearly outline the impact of possible relaxation, in the short and the long term.
According to local media, explanations will be given by interfederal Covid-19 spokespersons Steven Van Gucht and Yves Van Laethem, who are used to explaining what is happening twice a week, during a regular press conference by the Crisis Centre.
On Sunday, however, Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke already warned that it would be best to wait for another three weeks before relaxing any rules.
On Friday, Belgium’s Consultative Committee will review whether the current curfew and ban on essential travel will be lifted before 1 April, according to Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden.
Questioned about whether some measures that could be relaxed include the curfew and the non-essential travel ban, Verlinden said on Flemish radio that “we will discuss that at the Consultative Committee.” Read more.
An investigation has been opened into Vlaams Belang MP Dries Van Langenhove for violating Belgium’s non-essential travel ban to take part in an extreme-right demonstration in Paris this weekend. Read More.
A plane was forced to land in Belgium when one of its engines exploded shortly after taking off from Maastricht in the Netherlands on Saturday afternoon, according to the Veiligheidsregio, the safety region responsible for the area.
Bits of metal from the plane fell around the Dutch village of Meersen, damaging several vehicles, but the aircraft was able to land in Liège, after being diverted to the Belgian town for safety reasons, a spokesman for the Veiligheidsregio reported. Read More.