BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian government is bringing forward a meeting to decide on tougher measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 amid a rapid increase in infections and hospitalizations in the country.
The meeting, originally scheduled for Friday, was moved to Wednesday so that any measure approved midweek could be operational by the weekend, the government said Monday.
Hospital admissions are shooting up 30% weekly and the number of patients in intensive care has risen to more than 500, putting increasing pressure on hospitals in the country of 11 million.
Belgium has just had an extended holiday weekend and precise figures were not published on Monday.
Authorities re-imposed some pandemic restrictions three weeks ago after easing them just a few weeks earlier. They also expanded national use of the COVID-19 pass.
But the number of infections has continued to rise and the government is expected to investigate other areas where face masks should be made mandatory. She is also considering making her advice on working from home mandatory to prevent mixing of employees.