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Belgium prepares for another surge in COVID-19 cases

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File-File on Friday, November 6, 2020 In the photo, medical personnel are working in the intensive care unit of COVID-19 patients at Mont Legia CHC Hospital in Liege, Belgium. The government warned on Thursday, October 21, 2021 that Belgium could see a further surge in cases of COVID-19 despite high vaccination rates. (AP Photo / Francisco Seco, file)

Brussels – The Belgian government warned Thursday that despite high vaccination rates, the number of cases of COVID-19 could rise further.

The government has recently eased the mandatory use of face masks, but has reminded the population to use face masks to counter the increase in incidents reminiscent of the first three surges of the past year and a half. I’m starting to encourage again.

“We are clearly on the fourth wave,” Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke told the VRT network. “Infectious diseases will increase significantly and unfortunately there will be more hospitalizations.”

The government has relaxed some restrictions this month, including allowing more indoor events and withdrawing requirements for customers to wear masks at bars.

In Belgium, a country of 11 million people, the number of infections per day exceeds 3,000, an increase of 50% compared to the previous week. Currently, hospitalizations are 80 per day, an increase of more than 40%.

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Even if the total number is still manageable, there are concerns that the curve will skyrocket again, even though 85% of the adult population is vaccinated.

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Belgium prepares for another surge in COVID-19 cases

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