Belgium shields itself against the new variant of the covid with the cancellation of Christmas events

Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven have agreed to cancel their Christmas markets, in parallel with the increase in coronavirus cases and the announcement of new restrictions in the country to stop the spread.

Brussels, sHowever, he plans continue with your market Christmas, open this Friday.

“It has not been an easy decision, but the local measures and the increase in the curve do not unfortunately leave us another decision,” Antwerp Mayor Bart De Wever said in a statement on Saturday.

De Wever added that the city, which neither will it celebrate the end of the year fireworks, it does plan to host other Christmas events, which will include an ice skating rink and the setting up of a Nativity Scene.

Brussels, however, has decided to go ahead with its flea market Christmas, although the health pass (Covid Safe Ticket) will be necessary to be able to eat or drink in any of its stalls, make purchases or enjoy its attractions and the mask will be mandatory.

Belgian authorities met on Friday to decide on new measures to try to stop Covid infections, which have registered an increase in recent weeks.

For the Christmas markets they decided limit capacity to 100 people, including organizers, except when a health pass is required.

According to the data released this Saturday by Sciensano, between November 20 and 26 there were an average of 305.7 new daily admissions in Belgian hospitals due to coronavirus, an increase of 14% compared to the previous week.

In total 3,494 people are hospitalized in the country, 682 in intensive care.

In addition, on Friday the Minister of Public Health, Frank Vandenbroucke, reported the detection on November 22 of a case in the country of the new South African variant of covid-19.

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