Belgium has inched closer to a second national lockdown with new “harsh measures” as all non-urgent surgeries were suspended for a month from Monday to give hospitals breathing space in the face of spiralling coronavirus infection rates.
Belgium’s new prime minister, Alexander De Croo, said he would put a protective ring around the health system, as he announced further restrictions on Friday morning in the few areas of public life left relatively open.
Amateur sports events will be suspended and amusement parks closed. There will be a 20% cap imposed on the normal size of higher education classes. Working from home when possible is also mandatory. The country’s bars and restaurants will remain closed, De Croo said.