Belgium will maintain the mandate of the mandatory mask and tighten its travel rules following a review of its coronavirus measures, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced Monday.
Speaking at a press conference in Brussels on Monday evening, De Croo noted that “the vaccination campaign is progressing very well, we now have more than 8 out of 10 adults who have received a first dose, which puts us at the top in Europe.”
“Among vulnerable people – because they have an underlying condition – today 3 out of 4 of those people are fully vaccinated. And, if we look at the over 65s, today there are more than 9 out of 10 who are fully vaccinated, “he added.
But the premier warned: “we must loosen the measures step by step. We must remain vigilant. People can still get sick ”.
Wearing a face cover will remain mandatory indoors in places such as: shops, public transport, cafes, bars, places of worship or in places where social distancing cannot be maintained, with the exception of children under the age of 12 .
There will be a stricter procedure for countries in the European Union or the Schengen area in which dangerous virus variants are circulating. Upon returning from such a high-risk European area, people who have not yet been fully vaccinated must also perform a PCR test on day 7 in addition to a PCR test on day 1.
The measures will be in effect until at least September 1 and will be reviewed in a month, a press release said.
In the latest data from Sciensano, the Belgian health authority, the number of infections and hospital admissions has started to rise.
From 13 to 19 July, on average, 26 people were hospitalized every day, a 48% increase over the previous week.
The latest consolidated data on coronavirus cases shows that an average of 1,330 cases were reported each day between 10 and 16 July, a 42% increase from the previous week.
In total, Belgium has recorded 1,107,208 cases and 25,213 deaths related to the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
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