BRUSSELS – ‘Last phase’ before lockdown

As Belgium over the weekend ranked second place in Europe in terms of COVID-19 infections, health minister Frank Vandenbroucke said he cannot guarantee there will be no second lockdown.

“It’s not simple. I can’t anticipate the facts, but I can, reluctantly, announce a difficult autumn,” Vandenbroucke told VTM News on Sunday.

Asked whether he would rule out a new lockdown, he said he “cannot guarantee anything”.

“The only thing I can guarantee is that if we work together and all do the same things, we have the best chance of achieving what we want to achieve: to keep the schools open, keep businesses working and allow the hospitals to cope,” he added.

His comments came after Belgium recorded the second-highest number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants in Europe over the weekend.

“We’re in the last phase before lockdown,” Belgian biostatistician Geert Molenberghs told VTM News commenting on the numbers.

Public health officials in both Flanders and Wallonia are considering a second lockdown if the new measures fail to bring results.

(Alexandra Brzozowski,

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