On Thursday 6 August, a new regional security council will be held in which Brussels Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort will discuss further specific measures to curtail COVID-19 together with the nineteen Brussels mayors. On Wednesday, the basis was already laid for the consultation during a meeting between the Prime Minister Vervoort, Brussels Minister of Health Alain Maron (Ecolo), the High Officer of Brussels-Capital Viviane Scholliers and some experts.
The cabinet of the Senior Official of Brussels-Capital Viviane Scholliers announces that during the meeting the global picture of the increasing number of infections will be looked at, but that possible measures will also be prepared at neighborhood level. The politicians present do not want to say much more. There is no information yet about a possible curfew or a general mouth mask obligation in the Brussels region. Currently, the municipalities make independent decisions about the mask obligation.
On Thursday, the conclusions of the meeting with the experts will be presented by Brussels Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort to a regional security council in which the nineteen Brussels mayors are also present.
In the Brussels region, infection rates continue to rise and there were an average of 34.2 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past week. In terms of tests taken, Brussels also has the highest positivity ratio, at 3.7 percent, after Antwerp (5.3 percent). Within the nineteen Brussels municipalities, Saint-Gilles is in the worst shape with 70 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Only Watermael-Boitsfort (16) and Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (17) do not exceed the alarm threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.