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Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo introduced Monday that Belgium will keep its obligatory masks mandate and tighten journey guidelines after reviewing its coronavirus measures.

Talking at a press convention in Brussels on Monday night, de Croo famous that “the vaccination marketing campaign is progressing very properly, we now have greater than 8 in 10 adults who’ve acquired the primary dose, which places us on the high in Europe.”

“Of the folks in danger – as a result of they’ve an underlying situation – immediately 3 out of 4 of these individuals are totally vaccinated. And if we take a look at greater than sixty-five 5, immediately we discover that greater than 9 out of 10 are totally vaccinated.”

However the prime minister warned that “we’ve to ease the measures step-by-step. We’ve got to stay vigil. Folks can nonetheless get sick.”

Sporting a face masking will stay obligatory indoors in locations resembling: outlets, public transport, cafes, bars, locations of worship, or in locations the place social distancing can’t be maintained, besides for kids below the age of 12 .

There might be stricter motion for international locations from the European Union or the Schengen space the place harmful viral variants are circulating. When coming back from this high-risk European area, individuals who haven’t but been totally vaccinated ought to have a PCR check on day 7 along with a PCR check on day 1.

A press launch mentioned the measures will stay in impact till at the least September 1 and might be reviewed inside one month.

Within the newest figures from Sciensano, the Belgian well being authority, the variety of infections and hospital admissions has begun to rise.

From July 13 to 19, on common, 26 folks had been hospitalized per day, a rise of 48% over the earlier week.

The most recent consolidated information on coronavirus instances reveals that between July 10-16, a median of 1,330 instances had been reported every day, up 42% from the earlier week.

In complete, Belgium has recorded 1,107,208 instances and 25,213 deaths linked to the coronavirus because the begin of the pandemic.