Coronavirus in Belgium – LATEST NEWS: Belgian borders closed, a billion euros advance for hospitals

Coronavirus in Belgium - LATEST NEWS: checks are carried out at Belgian borders

The coronavirus in Belgium turns the daily lives of millions of people upside down. In our country, drastic measures have been taken by the National Security Council in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus. In this article, you will find all the information necessary to monitor the pandemic in our country.

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Coronavirus in Belgium – LATEST NEWS: police check, hospitals prepare for influx of patients

Here is the thread of the latest information on coronavirus in Belgium:

Federal government provides € 1 billion advance to hospitals

Federal authorities are granting an “advance” to hospitals covering an amount of one billion euros, said Friday evening the Minister of Public Health, Maggie De Block. These means should enable them to continue paying hospital staff during the health crisis, despite income under pressure. “Inami will take care, by mid-April at the latest, of distributing these resources between hospitals”, specifies the cabinet of Mrs. De Block (Open Vld) in a press release.

Charleroi police shut down supermarket for non-compliance

Local Charleroi police confirmed on Friday the closure of a downtown supermarket on Thursday for non-compliance with government measures taken to counter the spread of the covid-19 pandemic. A report has been drawn up. The store was forced to close until April 5. Despite several prior warnings, the police noted the non-compliance with two measures put in place. “The number of customers in the store was too large. The required distance between customers was also not respected”, specifies David Quinaux, the spokesperson of the police zone. The Charleroi prosecutor’s office could sue the manager. “The law provides for a prison sentence of up to three months and a fine.”

Samusocial opens center for people with Covid-19 symptoms

Samusocial opened an 18-place Covid-19 center on Friday at 7 rue du petit Rempart in Brussels, said Christophe Thielens, spokesman for the structure. The first feverish homeless people suspected of having been infected with the virus will be sent there on Friday evening.

The Balkan Trafik festival postponed sine die

The Balkan Trafik festival, which was to highlight the culture of the Balkans from April 23 to 26 in Brussels, has been postponed sine die, because of the coronavirus epidemic, we learned on Friday. Tickets will remain valid for the new date once it has been set.

Pharmacies: no sale of washing gel to individuals and a box of paracetamol max

Pharmacies do not sell homemade hydroalcoholic solutions to individuals and there is also no way to find masks in pharmacies, said Friday Lieven Zwaenepoel of the Belgian pharmaceutical association (APB).

Brussels Recyparks adapt but remain open

New measures concerning the Brussels Recypark will come into force from Monday and this in order to avoid the spread of the Covid-19, indicates Bruxelles-Proprete Friday in a press release. The Recypark North, South, Humanity and Auderghem will thus be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The parks will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. The Recypark Woluwe-Saint-Pierre will be open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. It will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Belgian Pride postponed to August 29

The Belgian Pride Festival, which was to take place from May 8 to 24, has been postponed to August 29 due to the coronavirus epidemic. The event brings together more than 100,000 participants each year in Brussels. “This can and should only be done under healthy and safe conditions”, the organizers say on Friday.

The five Flemish universities in digital mode until the end of the academic year

The five Flemish universities have decided to give courses digitally until the end of the academic year, said Friday the president of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Caroline Pauwels. Distance education has been in effect for almost a week due to the health crisis of the new coronavirus.

The tour operator TUI cancels all plane departures until April 30 inclusive

The tour operator TUI announced on Friday that it had decided to cancel all air travel until April 30, 2020 inclusive. In addition, all TUI vacationers will have returned home by Sunday at the latest.

Border controls

Since 3 p.m. this Friday, controls are carried out at the border posts at the entry and at the exit in order to check whether these are non-essential movements, indicates the Minister of the Interior Pieter De Crem.

The local Brussels police have already drawn up around 100 minutes

Since the introduction of the new containment measures, the police in the Brussels-capital Ixelles zone have already drawn up 104 reports against people who do not respect the bans on assembly and businesses which do not close, said the spokesperson. Ilse Van de Keere.

Flanders also suspends evictions

The Flemish government has taken the decision to suspend, during the coronavirus crisis, evictions of tenants, whether social housing or private housing, announced Friday the competent regional minister Matthias Diependaele (N-VA). “Temporarily, we will not allow them”, he said, adding that the pandemic is not “no time for evictions”.

Call for donations for Covid-19 units at Erasme hospital and a search for treatment

The Erasmus Fund and the ULB Foundation (Free University of Brussels) are launching this Friday a call for donations to increase the Covid-19 units fitted to the Erasmus hospital and to finance a research program on a molecule capable of better protecting cells from lungs from virus attacks. Donations can be paid into account BE79 2100 4294 0033 in the name of the Free University of Brussels (avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 50 – 1050 Brussels) with the free communication “Coronavirus Support”. A certificate of tax deductibility will be provided for any donation over 40 euros.

Too Good to Go temporarily opens its take-out platform

Too Good to Go, which allows consumers to recover unsold food, now gives merchants the possibility of offering take-out meals on its application, she said on Friday. The platform wants to offer a source of income to businesses hard hit by the coronavirus crisis

Saint-Luc de Bouge clinic calls on nursing students to support its staff

The Saint-Luc de Bouge clinic launched an appeal to nursing students on Friday to support its staff facing Covid-19. Two statutes are proposed, namely jobist or volunteer. The only condition is that you have successfully completed your first year of teaching, proof of this. Those interested can contact the clinic via [email protected] They are invited to specify their full contact details, their availability, their preference in terms of assignment and the desired status.

Students and teachers of the Haute Ecole de Hainaut Condorcet mobilize

Students and teachers of paramedics from the Haute Ecole Provincial de Hainaut Condorcet have volunteered to help health personnel and those of other departments serving the community, said Friday the provincial authorities of Hainaut.

The Province of Hainaut releases 1.3 million euros to buy respirators

The Provincial College of Hainaut has decided to acquire for Hainaut hospitals 30 respiratory devices and 150 oxygen saturation monitoring devices, provincial authorities said on Friday in a press release.

First seven intensive care patients due to COVID-19 at MontLegia

The CHC health group has its first patients on respiratory assistance due to COVID-19, announced on Friday Philippe Olivier, medical director of the CHC, on the sidelines of the move from Saint-Joseph to the ‘mega hospital in Liege’. A total of fifteen patients are currently hospitalized at CHC due to the new coronavirus.

Medicines agency bans sale of rapid tests

The Federal Medicines Agency (FAMHP) bans the use of rapid coronavirus diagnostic tests for six months, it announced on its website on Friday. “Rapid tests to detect covid-19 do not become positive until several days after infection. These tests give a false negative result if they are done shortly after the patient has had risky contact or immediately after onset of symptoms, so the patient may continue to transmit covid-19 to others around them, assuming that they are not sick “, explains the Agency on its website.

Dentists appeal for mask donations

The Society of Dentistry Friday calls for donations of masks from unemployed dental professionals. The stocks of protective equipment received will be given to the 125 volunteer dentists mobilized for emergency interventions in Wallonia and Brussels. “The FFP2 mouth masks are the only thing missing today to allow dentists to safely provide urgent dental care, namely severe pain, infection and bleeding as well as trauma in children”, spokesman for the Society of Dentistry, Michel Devriese, tells Belga. “All non-essential dental care is postponed to later dates.”

Shared bicycle and scooter companies suspend their activity in Belgium

Lime announced Thursday the suspension of its activities in the different cities of Belgium where the company offers its self-service scooters because of the coronavirus crisis. Friday, it was Jump, the Uber electric bike service active in Brussels, who did the same. Dott, the second player on the scooter market in the capital, will continue to offer its machines.

Police dismissed 700 Dutch people who crossed the border into Limburg

Police dismissed some 700 Dutch people who crossed the border into Kinrooi, Limburg, in five hours on Thursday, bourgmestre Jo Brouns (CD&V) said on Friday. These referrals took place between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The border can actually only be crossed to provide care for people or animals as well as for work, certainly not therefore for refueling or shopping. The Netherlands has a different approach to the coronavirus pandemic and the measures are less stringent.

Telecom data will be used well for a better fight against the virus

The idea of ​​Proximus, Telenet and Orange had been relayed in the Echo last week, to use the telecoms data of citizens in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It made its way and became a reality, with the announcement Friday of the ministers Philippe De Backer and Maggie De Block of a working group “Data Against Corona” (data against the corona). The objective of this group led by the Ministers of Public Health and of the Digital Agenda and of the Protection of Privacy will be“analyze information about the spread of the virus”, among other things using telecommunications data provided by Proximus, Telenet and Orange, and figures from screening tests and hospitalizations.

Charleroi airport will be closed from Tuesday evening until April 5

Charleroi airport will close access to its infrastructure for passengers and airlines from Tuesday evening at 11.59pm until Sunday April 5 due to the coronavirus crisis, he announced Friday.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport saw its number of travelers decrease as the Covid-19 spread. Many states also close their borders and no longer allow travelers from Belgium to enter their territory, justifies Carolo Airport.

Beyond the decrease in the number of passengers, the airlines have also, one by one, made the decision to suspend their connections, adds Brussels South Charleroi Airport. The closure will last until April 5, with a possible extension of the measure beyond this period depending on the evolution of the situation, warns the company. This closure does not, however, fully apply to maintenance, state and health flights.