Digital Desk, Brussels. New measures to prevent a spike in COVID-19 infections, approved by the Belgian authorities, have come into force. Wearing of masks will be mandatory in areas where COVID Safe Ticket (CST) is required. Under a Kovid Safe Ticket Plus rule, it will now be mandatory for any person above the age of 10 years to wear a mask even inside the house. Officials have asked people to follow a social distance of 1.5 meters and limit social contacts outside, Xinhua news agency reported.
CST and masks will also be mandatory in nightclubs, public and private events of more than 100 people indoors and outdoors. Teleworking is mandatory four days a week till December 13. Not more than 20 percent of all employees will be in the office at a time. Covid-19 indicators in Belgium have been rising steadily for weeks, with staff shortages and increased hospitalization burden in hospitals. According to the Sciasano Public Health Institute, between November 13 and November 19, an average of 268.3 patients were hospitalized, a 29 percent increase over the previous reference period.
In all, 2,957 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 603 patients in intensive care. On Monday, a total of 20,768 COVID-19 cases were reported across the country, the highest since the end of October 2020 at the height of the second wave.