COVID-19 update and news snippets for Tuesday, 14 April 2020.
Sciensano update of 14 April. 530 new confirmed cases have been reported in the past 24 hours of which 62 (12%) were in Brussels. To date, a total of 31,119 confirmed cases have been reported in Belgium including 3,309 (11%) cases in Brussels.
In the past 24 hours, 242 patients with COVID-19 have been hospitalized in Belgium and 161 people left hospital. Between March 15 and April 13, 11,722 patients with COVID-19 have entered hospital and 6,868 people have been discharged.
262 new deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours of which 29 (11%) were in Brussels. To date, a total of 4,157 deaths have been reported of which 637 (15%) were in Brussels.
Read the full daily report (in French) here.
The Belgian National Security Council will meet tomorrow (15 April) to decide on future confinement measures.
Finance Minister Alexander De Croo has granted an additional extension for the payment of corporate tax and VAT for the month of April.
Philippe De Backer has agreed with the Regions on a series of common test rules. 121,673 tests for the coronavirus will be carried out in the Flemish residential care centres, 66,966 test kits for Wallonia and 20,702 for Brussels. The testing process will take three weeks.
The government issued a royal decree this weekend, as part of its special powers, to "encourage" the temporary mobility of federal civil servants to meet the needs caused by the coronavirus pandemic, said deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Public Service, David Clarinval.
There is a chance that plasma from cured corona patients can heal other corona patients. A study is currently underway at the Erasmus Hospital in Rotterdam to study the effect on 440 patients.
Farmers and horticulturalists who are looking for extra helping hands for the harvest can visit the online platform helpdeoogst.be from today.
Both Touring and STIB notice more non-essential trips in the last four to five days. “There is clearly more traffic on the road,” says a Touring spokesperson. STIB will also adjust the timetable so that people who are forced to use public transport can also do so safely by keeping sufficient distance.
SNCB reminds people that taking the train is not free. You have to buy a ticket. Even if the companions are no longer obliged to check the tickets.
Federal Government COVID-19 information
The Bulletin's COVID-19 webpage (updated daily)