Belgium to impose the strictest coronavirus measures in Europe.
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After a recent surge in cases, Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes decided to impose the strictest measures in Europe, in an attempt to prevent a second wave. This will also prevent a second lockdown.
The Prime Minister said ‘Our aim is clear – avoid another full lockdown.’
One of the measures that will have the most impact in Belgium, is the reduction of social groups from 15 to 5, as from 29th July. This measure will be in place for 4 weeks. Masks are now mandatory in crowded outdoor spaces.
‘If we cannot contain the coronavirus, it will be a collective failure,’ Wilmes said. She added, ‘As always, take care of yourself and take care of each other.’
Another measure is the increased requirement for more teleworking. Wilmes said that people should start working remotely again as it is ‘one of the keys for a successful deconfinement.’
Bars, cafes and restaurants will have to gather names and contact information of all the customers as from 29th July. This new measure will help contact tracing procedures, and allows establishments to easily contact customers if an outbreak occurs.
Shopping must now be done by one individual, and must try to finish shopping in 30 minutes.
In Northern Belgium, authorities announced that a curfew will be imposed between 11.30pm till 6am. Also, masks are mandatory in crowded spaces. Coffee shops and restaurants must close at 11pm.
Belgium a country of 11.5 million citizens has an average of 279 cases daily. It has been reported that there has been a 30% increase in patients requiring hospitalization.
The total number of cases since the pandemic began is 66,428 and 9,822 deaths.