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Closure of nightclubs and restaurants at 11 pm … new restrictions in Belgium


While the whole of Europe is facing a rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, Belgium will put in place new health restriction measures on Saturday. The Belgian Prime Minister announced this at the end of an emergency consultation committee which was held this Friday, November 26.

Among the measures announced, which come into force on Saturday, the end of private parties in halls (except weddings and funerals), the closing of nightclubs, the closing at 11 p.m. of shops, Christmas markets and restaurants, where the number of guests at the same table will be limited to six. As for schools, measures should be taken by Monday.

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“The Covid-19 will still be circulating in ten years”

Alexander De Croo also recalled the importance of “limiting contact”, of performing self-tests before seeing people, and ventilating enclosed spaces. “We have masks which are an important additional protection. We also have our behavior in our hands. By taking care of this, we will be able to get out of the woods ”, did he declare.

The authorities also want to speed up the administration of a third booster dose of vaccine.

Europe, epicenter of the epidemic

Contamination at a daily rate on Monday broke a record in Belgium since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, with 23,621 new infections recorded by the public health institute Sciensano.

Europe once again became the global epicenter of the pandemic this fall, while the highly contagious Delta variant reduced the effectiveness of vaccines against the transmission of the disease to 40%, according to the WHO.

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A new variant spotted in South Africa, judged ” particularly worrying “ by the French authorities, also raises concerns about the continuation of the epidemic. South African scientists are not, at this stage, certain of the effectiveness of existing vaccines against the new form of the virus.



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