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153 new people have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19), confirmed the National Crisis Centre during a press conference on Friday.

“This new number is an underestimation,” said professor Steven Van Gucht, who stressed that this is only the beginning of the epidemic.

61 of the newly infected people live in Flanders, 84 live in Wallonia, and 8 live in Brussels.

The Crisis Centre points to the measures announced by the federal government, and stresses their importance to contain the further spread of the virus in Belgium.


The numbers will continue to increase over the next days, according to Van Gucht. “The effect of the measures we are taking now will only show itself in the number of cases in a week or two,” he said, adding that the new numbers of today reflect people who were infected about a week ago.

“We need to avoid that our health care system will have to deal with an overload, by a peak that comes too fast,” said Van Gucht. “If everyone follows these measures and cooperates, we can save lives,” he added.

On Wednesday, three Belgians died as a result of the coronavirus.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

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