(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.