COVID-19 selected news snippets for Thursday, 7 May 2020.
Sciensano update of 7 May. 639 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Belgium over the past 24 hours of which 101 (16%) were in Brussels. To date, a total of 51 420 confirmed cases have been reported in Belgium with 5 287 (10%) cases located in Brussels.
In the past 24 hours, 98 patients with COVID-19 have been hospitalised and 244 people left hospital. Between 15 March and 6 May, a total of 15 953 patients with COVID-19 have entered hospital and 12 980 people have left.
80 new deaths from COVID-19 in Belgium have been reported in the past 24 hours of which 9 (11%) were in Brussels. To date, a total of 8 415 deaths from the disease have been reported in Belgium of which 1 307 (16%) were in Brussels.
Read the full daily report (in French) here.
Following the meeting of Belgium's National Security Council (NSC) yesterday (6 May) small private gatherings with friends and family, at home, from Sunday 10 May has been allowed. The reopening of shops from 11 May has also been confirmed. A decision on allowing visits to second homes and daytrips elsewhere in Belgium has been delayed. This was initially part of the "phase 2" easing of coronavirus measures, provisionally set for 18 May. It has now been postponed until "phase 3", meaning it will not be allowed until 8 June at the earliest. The NSC will also discuss the possible reopening of restaurants at that time.
Our article with the full NSC statement is here.
ING and BNP Paribas Fortis have warned of a growing number of scam text messages. Recipients are told that their bank account "has been placed in quarantine" and to click on a link to reactivate it. Don't.
The relaxed rules on social contact do not mean that grandparents should be looking after their grandchildren all day long. Erika Vlieghe, chair of the expert group on Belgium's "deconfinement" strategy, says: "A short visit, respecting the safe distances, is not the same thing as babysitting your grandchildren all day.”
Federal Government COVID-19 information
The Bulletin's COVID-19 webpage (updated daily)