Belgium has been following in the footsteps of France throughout the second wave of Covid-19. Last Monday, Paris was closing restaurants and bars, a measure that also came into effect in Brussels late last week. The region of the community capital accumulates the highest number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Europe. This Friday, the Belgian Government has decided to take more measures, and as of Monday prohibits being in the street between midnight and five in the morning. The French Executive also established a curfew for nine major French cities, including Paris.
The curfew in France avoids a confinement of 5,000 million euros
EFE”What we must imperatively avoid is the general confinement of the French” which, among other things, would have “an unbearable impact on the French economy”
In the case of Belgium there were already two areas of the country, Luxembourg and the Walloon Bravante, belonging to Wallonia, which had established a night curfew, a measure that is beginning to become popular in Europe, and which has already been adopted in other large cities such as Berlin, which has been overthrown by the courts. “The number of infections is increasing every day and very rapidly. Our doctors and hospitals are under great pressure. We are waging an unequal battle with this virus, ”Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo assured this Friday, explaining that the figures for March and April are now very close. “We will not see any good news in the figures for the next few days,” said the Belgian leader at a press conference held after making the decision to take the country to phase 4. “The next few weeks are going to be difficult”De Croo has warned.
A couple walks through Brussels. (Reuters)
The measures include the closure of restaurants for four weeks, although these had been open in recent days, and also bars and cafes throughout the country, beyond those in Brussels, which have been closed for a week The Government has also announced that, where possible, teleworking will be mandatory again and no alcohol can be sold after eight in the afternoon. The Executive will make a decision regarding sports and the world of culture during the next week.
De Croo has admitted that the measures are “very severe” and will be seen “as unfair by many people”. “But the virus is unfair,” said the prime minister, asking Belgian citizens to make an effort in the coming weeks. In general, all of Europe is tightening the rules to reduce infections, with the Netherlands also establishing new restrictions, and the Czech Republic even closing schools, an option that, at least for the moment, does not arise in Belgium.