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COVID-19 News update - Rail passes for all!

22 Jun 2020 1:07 PM | Tim Reynolds (Administrator)

It is confirmed. All Belgian residents aged 12 and over will be entitled to a free 12-journey SNCB rail pass.

The "National Tour" pass entitles the named user to 12 free second-class journeys that can be claimed at a rate of two per month, from August to January (a return trip counts as two journeys). But the pass cannot be used during weekends in August and will not be accepted on trains before 9.00 on weekdays. Online registration for the pass should be available by the beginning of August and the passes themselves by the middle of the month.

New coronavirus stats for Belgium are no longer being published daily. Sciensano will now only release figures from Tuesday to Saturday with the Tuesday update including data for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

A second school in Schaerbeek has temporarily closed after two children tested positive for coronavirus. The Dutch-speaking municipal school plans to reopen on Wednesday. Pupils in the affected classes will not return to school until September. Last week, a nearby French-speaking school was temporarily closed.

About one in 10 workers in Belgium continue to telework.

Seven out of 10 people in Belgium are prepared to comply with a second stay-at-home order, if necessary, according to survey. Only 19% of respondents opposed the idea.

Sciensano statistics update of 20 June (Saturday). 74 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 60 550 confirmed cases have been reported in Belgium with 6 256 (10%) cases located in Brussels.

In the past 24 hours, 20 patients with COVID-19 have been hospitalised and 42 people left hospital. Between 15 March and 19 June, a total of 17 620 patients with COVID-19 have entered hospital and 16 771 people have left. Currently 50 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units in Belgian hospitals.

Only 2 new deaths from COVID-19 in Belgium have been reported in the past 24 hours of which none were in Brussels. To date, a total 9 696 deaths from the disease have been reported in Belgium of which 1 475 (15%) were in Brussels.

Read the daily report (in French) here.

Useful Links

Federal Government COVID-19 information

The Bulletin's COVID-19 webpage (updated daily)

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