According to the country’s Health Minister, Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgium is on the verge of a COVID-19 “tsunami”.
Belgium on the edge of coronavirus “tsunami”: He has warned that the current situation in Brussels is the worst across the whole of Europe. And that the rates of infection are “spiralling out of control”. His statement came after tougher restrictions were put in place on Monday across the country. With all bars and restaurants forced to close and a nationwide curfew of midnight.
He told broadcaster RTL that they were on the verge of a tsunami and that they now felt they had. “no control over what will happen.” They have the second highest rate of infection per capita in Europe. With the Czech Republic being the highest. The situation sits in the middle of an ongoing argument regarding the effectiveness of a curfew. And the impact it has on the hospitality industry.
Vandenbroucke has defended the Government decision to impose a more lax curfew despite his warnings saying. “We did not want to make life impossible.” It is also reported that Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, and England’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock both have a similar view. With regards to the curfew helping to curb the rise of the virus.
The Belgian Government announced on Friday that all bars and restaurants will be closed for 4 weeks. To tackle the surge in infections and that hospitals were running short on beds. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said. “This virus is affecting our country in a very hard way. The coming weeks will be very difficult. But we must take those measures to avoid the worse.”
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