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Belgium postpones decision on easing coronavirus restrictions

16:13 26/02/2021

Belgium's federal and regional governments have decided to wait a week before deciding on a potential easing of the country's coronavirus restrictions.

The consultative committee - which brings together representatives from Belgium's different levels of government - met on Friday afternoon and decided to postpone its decision on relaxing the current measures.

"We had been in a plateau for weeks," said prime minister Alexander De Croo. "And now we're seeing a strong increase in hospital admissions - there were almost 200 yesterday. We have to be very prudent."

He added: "With these uncertain figures, we cannot ease the measures that are currently in place. It would be irresponsible - it would be a bad decision to do so now." 

De Croo said a one-week "timeout" would allow a better overview of how the coronavirus situation is developing in Belgium.

"I know it's a cold shower," he said. "I would have liked to have announced something different today. We need to wait a little more."

However, De Croo said there was light at the end of the tunnel - a "spring of freedom, with the opening of cafe terraces, sport, enjoying culture together. This moment is not far away."

Written by The Bulletin



The politicians are as clueless as the rest of us. It's just that they get to make decisions. The cases are now going back up. The medical experts need to be in charge, not the politicians.

Feb 27, 2021 16:20

The politicians are burying their heads in the sand by not accepting that the people are starting to break the rules more and more because they cannot take it anymore.
So people will care less and break the rules more, then the numbers are going up, then the politicians set more stricter rules, but people will break them more and so on...

It's the politicians which have to be in charge (and not the medical experts). They should listen to the virologists, but also to the psychologists and sociologists. And maybe also to the people.

Mar 2, 2021 10:20