The Belgian COVID-19 cases surged to more than 7,000 a day. The government stated that it underestimated the infectiousness of the virus and strongly urged companies to restart remote offices to reduce contact.
According to the latest statistics from the Belgian National Institute of Health, between October 27 and November 2, an average of 7,208 people tested positive every day, an increase of 10% from the previous week. With the end of the Halloween holiday, many people returned from abroad one after another In Belgium, the number of infections may increase.
The Belgian Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke said in a recent interview, that the current situation of virus transmission has escalated and urgent action is needed. He reiterated that masks must be worn in shops and vaccination certificates must be presented in restaurants and bars. He also strongly urged, that from November 8th enterprises and employees adopt remote offices to reduce close contact.
Frank Vandenbroucke pointed out, that the surge in cases highlights the underestimation of the infectivity of the virus and the Delta mutant virus. Vaccines are a key tool to protect everyone, but the current vaccination rate is not high enough.
As the epidemic heats up, Knokke-Heist, located in northwestern Belgium, has announced the cessation of all indoor sports competitions, training, and cultural activities.