Cape crossed in Brussels: mouth masks now compulsory (Brussels)


Brussels –
In the Brussels-Capital Region, the weekly average mark of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants has been passed. The most recent figures from health institute Sciensano show on Wednesday that in the period from 2 to 8 August per 100,000 inhabitants, an average of 54.4 new cases of Covid-19 were registered.

A day earlier, this was 47.1 cases per 100,000. From 2 to 8 August, 663 new infections were diagnosed in Brussels, an increase of 242 cases compared to the previous seven days.

As a result of exceeding the limit of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a mouth mask obligation will apply throughout the Brussels territory. Other measures do not seem immediately appropriate, although municipalities and mayors can still individually decide to take stricter action, it said earlier.

Virologists and epidemiologists said on Tuesday that they did not understand why Brussels waited with a mouth mask obligation until the weekly average exceeds the limit of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Nevertheless, the region was already ready to implement this obligation and the figures had already shown for days that the region is the new hotspot for the virus.

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