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Belgium abandons tough lockdown measures

Belgium has been among the worst affected countries in Europe with 57,092 coronavirus cases and 9,280 deaths.
25.05.2020 - 12:27

Belgium will not return to the strict measures imposed for nearly two months to combat the coronavirus outbreak even if there is a second wave of coronavirus cases, the country’s interior minister has said.

"WE NEVER HAD ITALIAN CONDITIONS"

The country of 11.5 million people effectively closed down in mid-March, with only shops selling food and pharmacies operating, although other activities have steadily resumed in May, including the reopening of non-food stores.

“The first lockdown has taken care of the situation in which we have ended up. These were exceptional circumstances, but we never had Italian or Spanish conditions,” Pieter De Crem told VTM broadcaster on Sunday.

He said the tough lockdown measures meant that Belgian hospitals did not have to deny people medical care. “If there was a second wave, then I think we will find ourselves in a different situation, namely with testing and tracing. But I think we can rule out that we will have to go back to the tough measures,” De Crem said.