COVID-19 selected news snippets for Wednesday 10 June 2020 – Beach ready?
Belgium's seaside resorts are investing in a network of 250 "smart cameras" to track of numbers on the beaches this summer. This will allow the municipalities to better anticipate potential overcrowding problems and manage the flow of people to the sands.
Motorhome suppliers are have seen a significant peak in demand from consumers. According to an Ivox survey for the Belgian Association of Caravans and Motorhomes, two-thirds of Belgians think a motorhome will be their safest way of getting around during the summer holidays.
Doctors report a 60% spike in consultations since the stay-at-home restrictions were gradually lifted.
Since last week, it is possible to ask your doctor to prescribe an antibody test, costing €9.60, to find out whether you have come into contact with the virus. According to an early batch of results only 5-10% of the serological tests came back positive indicating contact with the virus.
Sanctions for parents who do not bring their children to school will resume in September, Wallonia-Brussels education minister Caroline Désir has confirmed. From the new academic year, the compulsory school age is dropped from six to five, to include the last year of nursery school.
Ryanair says it will abolish flight change fees for bookings in July and August, so travellers can adjust their summer plans without penalty. Flights scheduled in the summer months can be moved to any date until 31 December.
And finally, a safety protocol has been approved for Belgium's sex workers to resume their activities. Hydroalcoholic gel and masks must be supplied to clients on arrival and it is recommended that both parties take a shower at the start. Bedsheets should be changed after each appointment, or bedding be used that can be wiped clean with disinfectant. The City of Brussels has not yet decided when prostitution services will resume, but Schaerbeek is planning to allow it from 15 June and Saint-Josse from 30 June.
Sciensano statistics update of 10 June. 132 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Belgium over the past 24 hours of which 18 (14%) were in Brussels. To date, a total of 59 569 confirmed cases have been reported in Belgium with 6 104 (10%) cases located in Brussels.
In the past 24 hours, 24 patients with COVID-19 have been hospitalised and 68 people left hospital. Between 15 March and 9 June, a total of 17 517 patients with COVID-19 have entered hospital and 16 392 people have left. Currently 102 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units in Belgian hospitals.
Only 10 new deaths from COVID-19 in Belgium have been reported in the past 24 hours of which 2 (20%) were in Brussels. To date, a total 9 629 deaths from the disease have been reported in Belgium of which 1 468 (15%) were in Brussels.
Read the daily report (in French) here.
Federal Government COVID-19 information
The Bulletin's COVID-19 webpage (updated daily)