It is also recording the second highest death toll in Europe, with more than 8 deaths per 100,000 habitants.
Belgium is facing one of the worst spikes in COVID-19 cases in Europe, with the country reporting a record of almost 24,000 cases on Friday. All non-essential movement is not allowed, with the exception of going to work in cases where teleworking is not possible, with the mask and social distance being mandatory. Belgium’s move came two days after Germany implemented a partial lockdown and France a nationwide one, to curb an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases across their territories. Urgent medical appointments and groceries are also allowed. “We are going back into a strict lockdown, which has only one purpose: to ensure that our healthcare system does not collapse,” De Croo said, adding that these are the “last-chance” measures. EPA-EFE/SEBATIEN PIRLET / POOL
Belgium will go under a second nationwide lockdown on Sunday midnight, November 1 until December 13, the country’s Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday. People who live alone are allowed to have two close contacts. Gatherings in outdoor spaces will remain restricted to maximum 4 people. At the same time, a night curfew will remain in place, from 10pm to 6am concerning Brussels capital region and Wallonia, and from midnight to 5pm in Flanders. The measures will be assessed on December 1. Under the new measures, all non-essential shops will close, along with hair salons. While borders will remain open, travelling is strongly discouraged. EPA-EFE/SEBATIEN PIRLET / POOL
Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo gives a press conference after a committee meeting to discuss new restrictive measures after a spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country, in Brussels, Belgium, 23 October 2020. People will not be able to visit family or friends at home, with only one close contact allowed per week. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Belgium goes back to lockdown
By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe
epa08767276 Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo gives a press conference after a committee meeting to discuss new restrictive measures after a spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country, in Brussels, Belgium, 23 October 2020.