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Belgium Reimposes Restrictions As COVID-19 Cases Spike

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, and Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo speak prior to a conference on biotech at the Residence Palace in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. More than 100 Belgian and international executives from the health and biotech sector met in Brussels Tuesday to discuss a forward looking process in the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

(AP) — Coronavirus infections and hospitalizations have shot up in Belgium, pushing the government to reimpose some pandemic restrictions that it only relaxed a few weeks ago and expand a nationwide use of the COVID-19 pass.

Daily infections in the European Union nation of 11 million increased 75% to reach 5,299 cases a day last week. Hospitalizations have increased 69%. The country’s health minister says the COVID-19 pass will have to be shown in bars, restaurants and fitness clubs as of next week.

The passport shows you are either fully vaccinated, have had a recent negative test or have recently recovered from the disease. In addition, as of Friday, face masks will be mandatory in public places.

 

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