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.
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.
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.
The health check of the last 24 hours
On Thursday March 19, 462 new cases were reported. 302 patients live in Flanders, 90 in Wallonia and 43 in Brussels. We have no information regarding the whereabouts of the last 27 people.
The total number of confirmed cases is 2,257.
The situation is as follows:
• A total of 837 patients were admitted to the hospital, an increase of 214 patients in 1 day.
• A total of 164 patients are in intensive care, an increase of 34 patients in the last 24 hours.
• 204 patients have been discharged from the hospital and declared cured since March 13.
• A total of 37 deaths have been reported, an increase of 16 in the past 24 hours.
UZ Brussel doubles the number of intensive care beds
The university hospital UZ Brussel, in Jette, doubled the capacity of beds in intensive care during the week, passing from 35 to 70, in order to anticipate a potential wave of patients. The hospital currently receives 15 patients with Covid-19. In addition to intensive care, the area where coronavirus patients who are not in critical condition are taken care of has increased from 3 to 4 care units. And the hospital is also looking to increase its capacity in respirators. UZ Brussel is currently treating 31 patients linked to the coronavirus: 15 confirmed patients, 7 patients whose test is negative, and the rest awaiting results.
Minister De Block hopes to be able to restock
The Minister of Public Health Maggie De Block welcomes Friday the arrival overnight in Belgium of 5 million oral masks, which will be distributed in the morning between hospitals, doctors and others. Other deliveries are expected, the minister promised, speaking on the microphone of VRT on Radio 1. The intention remains to be able to build up stocks of medical protective equipment, she said while the healthcare sector health is in demand for such masks to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
VUB Law Students Give Free “Coronavirus Legal Advice”
Members of the Brussels Law School Consultancy, an organization of law students from the Brussels University VUB, will give free “coronavirus legal advice” in the coming weeks to companies, citizens and students who want it. They intend to respond to the increase in demand linked to the health crisis.
Seizure of material in a company that can be used for tests
The police and the Civil Protection carried out yesterday with a Walloon company a seizure relating to 180,000 tests of diagnosis of the coronavirus and a stock of reagents which could be used for several hundreds of thousands of tests. “This material was intended for abroad but it was on our territory”, said Interior Minister Pieter De Crem, who said the company would be compensated for the seizure afterwards.
The third day of confinement begins for Belgian citizens. As a reminder, Belgians are requested to stay at home to avoid the spread of the coronavirus following a decision taken by the National Security Council on Tuesday. They are asked to limit travel to essentials (health, food, bank, pharmacy, post office, gas, help for people in need), stores will be closed except pharmacies, food and pet food stores as well as libraries. The cribs remain open. Meetings are prohibited.
The police ensure compliance with the confinement rules.
Police are in high demand to enforce containment measures. We followed a police patrol which circulates by bicycle and which raises awareness among citizens. If the rules are not followed, fines will be given.
The move of patients from Saint-Joseph to MontLegia has started
The transfer to the MontLegia of the hundred patients currently hospitalized at the Clinique Saint-Joseph (Liege) began at 7 a.m. More than fifty vehicles, equipped according to patients’ pathologies, were chartered for this operation which will last all morning. A part of Esperance’s patients will in turn be transferred in the early afternoon.
Beware of hackers who attack teleworkers
The coronavirus outbreak in Belgium has exploded teleworking in the country, with the consequence of a greater danger for companies’ cybersecurity. An IT company sounds the alarm on Thursday. “Hackers try to attract teleworkers, who are less protected at home than within the company, to phishing sites that have coronavirus coverage”, Secutec said in a press release.
Prisons produce masks but require additional sewing machines
Belgian prisons have started making mouth masks in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prisoners have enough textiles to produce 11,000 masks, but require additional sewing machines, said prison administration spokeswoman Kathleen Van De Vijver on Thursday evening.
The plane carrying five million masks arrived in Bierset last night
The plane carrying five million mouth masks to Belgium landed well on the night of Thursday to Friday, confirmed to Belga Christian Delcourt, Communication manager of Liege Airport.
Brussels hospitals lull but prepare for storm
Covid-19 places are far from saturated in Brussels hospitals, which are strengthening their reception capacity in anticipation of the massive arrival of people seriously infected with coronavirus, according to a probe carried out on Thursday in several large hospitals in the region.
Luxembourg hospitals ready to receive emergency patients
The intercommunal Vivalia, manager of the four hospitals in the province of Luxembourg (Arlon, Bastogne, Libramont and Marche-en-Famenne), has taken the necessary measures to be able to welcome patients suspected of being infected with the virus as of this weekend. coronavirus and this by separating them from patients presenting for another pathology. A first sorting will be put in place upon entering the emergency room at each hospital site.
The first advanced medical post in the province of Luxembourg, set up as part of the coronavirus pandemic, has been operational since Thursday afternoon at the Bastogne clinic where tents have been installed to accommodate patients at the entrance to emergencies.
La Louviere organizes a care center to support hospitals and general practitioners
AB InBev in turn supports the hospitality sector
Like Alken-Maes and Haacht, each of which has launched support measures for the catering sector, AB InBev will also take a whole series of initiatives in favor of its coffees. The world’s leading brewing group estimates that it will therefore devote one million euros to the sector.
Twenty residents of a rest home in Watermael-Boitsfort hospitalized
Twenty residents of the La Cambre rest home in Watermael-Boitsfort were hospitalized. They are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, said Iriscare, the Brussels institution for health. Last week, nine residents of the nursing home were infected. Two people have since died.