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Close the border now, expert warns

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The Dean of the University of Brussels’ health faculty called for a closing of Belgium’s borders.

Dirk Devroey, who tweeted his call on Sunday, followed epidemiologist Pierre Van Damme in this plea.

“Closing borders seems the best option at the moment to avoid full lockdown and protect our economy,” he said. “But we need to do that NOW and not in 2 weeks when the British variant is massively in our country,” he added, calling for “a European initiative” on the matter.


While Belgium stopped short of closing its borders, it did put in place a mandatory quarantine and two coronavirus tests for travellers returning from red zones, partially over concerns regarding the British variant, which is thought to be more infectious.

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Jason Spinks
The Brussels Times