Sports Belgium closes almost all stores

00:50  31 october  2020
00:50  31 october  2020 Source:   dw.com

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Dieses Geschäft in Brüssel macht komplett dicht, viele andere Läden bleiben zunächst bis Ende November zu © Sputnik / dpa / picture-alliance This shop in Brussels is closing completely, many other shops will initially remain open until the end of November.

In Belgium, which has been badly hit by the corona virus, most shops will have to close again from Monday. There are exceptions, for example for supermarkets, said Prime Minister Alexander De Croo after a crisis meeting in Brussels. "These are the last chance measures." According to the EU Health Agency, Belgium currently has the most corona infections in the European Union in terms of population.

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One visitor per week

The night curfews in Belgium remain. Bars, restaurants and cafes, cultural and sports venues are already closed anyway. The contact restrictions are now tightened, as De Croo said. In future, Belgians will only be allowed to receive one visitor per week at home; for single people there are two. So far there have been four - with a mask. The school holidays will be extended until November 15th. Sometimes it should then continue with distance learning.

Professions with close customer contact such as hairdressers have to stop working. The new rules should initially apply for one and a half months. An interim balance sheet is to be drawn up for the closed shops on December 1st. However, customers can still pick up goods from the closed shops or have them delivered.

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Every fourth test was positive

In Belgium the number of infections has been rising rapidly for weeks. The authorities of the country with a population of eleven million last counted an average of around 15,000 infections a day within a week - a new record. Across the EU, the neighboring country registered the most infections per 100,000 inhabitants within two weeks - namely 1600. That is nine times as many as in Germany.

Every fourth corona test in Belgium was recently positive. The measures taken so far have not resulted in relief. Rather, the situation in the hospitals has worsened dramatically in recent weeks. The limits of capacity have sometimes already been reached. Numerous patients had to be transferred to other hospitals. Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke said four patients were brought to Germany. Most recently, 6187 patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized, 1057 of them in intensive care.

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