Belgium is investigating new restrictions in the hospitality industry to stop the rise in infections

The federal and regional governments in Belgium will be looking at new restriction measures in the hospitality industry this Friday, such as closings at midnight or a maximum number of people per table, in an attempt to curb the rise in the number of infections and hospital admissions due to the coronavirus. just a week after reviewing the logs.

Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke warned in a parliamentary speech that the authorities must take rigorous measures against the deterioration of the situation and that some activities must be “interrupted” without specifying which ones.

The recommendations proposed to the authorities by Pedro Facon, who is responsible for combating the pandemic, point to the closure of bars and restaurants at midnight and a limit of four people per occupied table, as the Belgian newspaper “L” reports. Echo’.

Belgium is investigating new restrictions in the hospitality industry to stop the rise in infections
Belgium is investigating new restrictions in the hospitality industry to stop the rise in infections

The expert also advocates closing operations where the capacity cannot be filled or where it is difficult to maintain the distance and wear a mask, which in practice would mean suspending concerts and closing nightclubs, explains the newspaper.

These and other initiatives, such as limiting the contacts of students from different groups in schools as much as possible, will be on the table at the emergency meeting called by Prime Minister Alexander de Croo for Friday, just a week after teleworking is re-established as the norm and more widespread use of the mask is advocated.

The average number of hospitalizations is already higher than during the third wave in Belgium, with an increase of 19.4 percent per week and almost 300 hospitalizations per day.

After crossing the threshold of 500 patients in the intensive care unit last week, there are currently 654 occupied beds in the intensive care unit and could reach 1,000 in two weeks, according to the Sciensano public health institute.

Infections have also increased dramatically to 16,100 daily, an increase of 53.3 percent from the previous week, and the positivity rate is 15.7 percent. In deaths, the increase is 33 percent, with an average of 37.3 daily deaths in the last week.

In Belgium, 87 percent of the adult population and 75 percent of the total population have a full coronavirus vaccination schedule, but the situation varies enormously between regions, with 81 percent in Flanders and 72 percent in Wallonia, but only 59 percent in the Brussels-Capital Region .

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