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Belgium postponed plans to loosen measures after the number of cases spiked

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced Friday, during a press conference, Belgium was postponing some planned breaks in April, after the number of Coronavirus infections spiked across the country, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced Friday, during a press conference.

“We do this because we want to keep our stance after the Easter break,” De Croo said before adding that the goal remains to fully open schools by April 19 and continue some activities, including catering and hospitality industries. .

To this end, the Belgian Prime Minister stressed that the only way to prevent the growing infection rate was to reduce the number of close contacts. The so-called “outdoor plan”, originally scheduled to go into effect on April 1, will be postponed, along with the reopening of amateur sports and theme parks.

“We must limit our close relationships. When we meet someone, let’s take it out. That is much safer. Even if you don’t get sick or have no symptoms, you can still infect someone, ”says De Croo.

Nighttime curfews still apply, from 10pm to 6am in the Brussels Capital Region and from midnight to 5am in Flanders and Wallonia. Working remotely is still the norm, De Croo urges companies to let their employees work from home, while for those who can’t work remotely, extensive testing will be done from something else. Two onwards.

“For the companies involved, it is very clear: working remotely is not a luxury, working remotely is an obligation,” he added, noting that at schools and the company is the “site of infection”.

The announcement comes after a meeting of the Belgian Advisory Committee, which met a week earlier to review the measures that are currently being taken.



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