Coronavirus: situation in Belgium
Hi There.....Are you feeling ok still?
I sure hope the Coronavirus hasn't affected you by now. Yes indeed I do have a serious side sometimes even though I don't always show it 😀
On the 12th of March, the Belgian Government announced drastic measures in an effort to slow down the Corona Virus.
Following the latest developments, the Natural Security Council came together with the prime ministers after consulting with experts on the field.
They decided upon strict measures to prevent a further spread of the epidemic. The measures will be valid from Friday Midnight up until the 3th of April and will be assessed on a daily basis.
As for the schools.....All lessons will be suspended.....But schools will be open to provide child care for medical and healthcare personnel, people working for public security.....But also for the children of those who have no other solution than to reach out to the grandparents or elderly people.....Crèches will also stay open.
As for universities and colleges, it is recommended that distance learning modules will be developed. These schools will not be closed but encouraged to seek other alternatives for the traditional courses.
As for businesses and recreational activities such as for instance sports, cultural activities, folklore and so on.....All these activities will be canceled.....No matter their size and if they are public or private.
Discoteques, pubs, and restaurants will remain closed
Hotels will be open except for their restaurants
Home delivery and drive-ins are allowed to stay open
As for non-food shops, they are allowed to stay open all week but not at weekends
Food shops and pharmacies remain open all week.....They are recommended to take the necessary hygiene measures.
As far as working is concerned.....Everyone remains at work as far as possible and Telework must be promoted and increased where possible.
As far as public transport is concerned.....Public transport will proceed as usual.....But people are asked to limit themselves to necessary trips.....With flexible working hours, it should be possible not to overload public transport.
The Government also reminds us of basic hygiene measures.....Always wash your hands with soap.....If you sneeze or cough try to do this in your elbow and avoid close contact.....If you are not sure that you caught the virus call your physician and don't go to the E.R.
There are some telephone numbers available for the public in case of questions.....For questions about health and public order.....0800/14.689.....For questions about economy.....0800/120.33
As you can see these are pretty drastic measures.....I can't say I like it but if it can prevent us from getting the virus I suppose it is best to follow these rules.
But not everyone agrees on this.....And they made a big mistake by postponing these measures to Friday Midnight......A lot of pubs held a last-minute party to try to cut their losses.....Lots of youngsters responded and pubs were crowded on Friday evening.....So if there were people that had the virus amongst all those partiers.....The question will be how many more sick will we be having in the next few days 😱
At the moment the status here in Belgium is that 197 people have tested positive to the Covid-19.....137 live in Flanders.....28 in Wallonia and another 27 in Brussels.....Seems there are no records about the whereabouts of the other 5 cases. 886 people have been contaminated with the Coronavirus of which 4 people have died.
I can't say that at the moment I am scared that I might die.....But on the other hand, I hope that I won't catch it......I would be more scared of the fact that I might pass it on to others.
I am not the religious type so I won't be saying any prayers for you.....But I can give you a big virtual hug and wish you strength 😇😷😘
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