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First Coronavirus, Belgium Update Since Christmas
This is going to be short summaries of what is happening here, in the land of Waffles, Chocolate and Beer, with links for those that want more information. Remember that the numbers are for a country of around eleven and a half million souls.
What’s been happening since Christmas
We had a new (fourth) wave of infections since Christmas, initially fuelled by the Delta variant but which became superseded by the Omicron variant, which the press branded the fifth wave, but I did not see the fourth wave come down. So make up your own minds on the wave numbers. Infections got ridiculously high, but hospitalizations, ICU use and deaths remained manageable. Now the infection rates are plummeting and The last reproduction rate that I saw was 0.8
THE LATEST COVID-19 NUMBERS THAT I HAVE FOR BELGIUM
Belgium has gone onto a colour coded barometer system for restrictions and it was decided on Friday, 11th of February 2022 that from next Friday (18th February) we will have restrictions reduced from code Red to code Orange.
CODE ORANGE FROM NEXT FRIDAY
The vaccination program proceeds exceptionally well, in Belgium, except for the Brussels region. By the time this post goes live, over 60 percent of Belgium’s total population will have received it’s 3rd (booster) jab, including myself. Rollout of the fourth jab has been launched.
FOURTH COVID-19 JAB AVAILABLE IN BELGIUM SOON
Entering Belgium just got easier
Rules for entering Belgium from abroad have been relaxed.
NEW RULES FOR GETTING INTO BELGIUM FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY
The French like me again
In the link that is provided, the article states that the rules were for those coming from the UK. This is inaccurate, the rules, in France, applied to all UK citizens, coming from anywhere, with the exception of those resident in France and drivers of lorries (trucks). Over the Christmas period, French authorities banned most UK citizens from entering France. A few weeks ago, this was relaxed to a negative PCR test being required to enter France. As of the 12th of February 2022, all of these restrictions have been dropped, as long as you can prove that you have been vaccinated.
BRITS CAN GO TO FRANCE AGAIN
I am willing, with all my might, that things stay on the up, like this. Travel back to the old country seems to be possible again and today I will be phoning members of my family and start planning a trip back to the UK, to see as many of them as possible, for the first time in over two years. I did cry real (happy) tears over this, when I first realized I might be able to go this time.
Stay safe and happy everyone