Belgium shields itself from the omicron variant of the coronavirus and closes theaters, cinemas and concert halls

The fast spread of the omicron variant The coronavirus has forced Europe to strengthen its measures. In Belgium have decided close cinemas, theaters and concert halls to prevent the African strain from being the dominant one in the coming weeks.

The new measures, which will be added to the existing ones such as indoor mask, mandatory telework Y covid certificate, aim to reduce the impact of the African mutation in hospitals and health centers.

However, some public spaces such as libraries, museums, swimming pools or gyms, among others, will remain open.

Concern for omicron grows

“Our country has known for three weeks a set of fairly stable measures to fight against the delta variant and those measures have taken effect, now you have to worry about the omicron variant“said Prime Minister Alexander de Croo.

The country shows a cumulative incidence of 1,293 points, well below the rate of 2,100 cases registered in November. Infections have also dropped about 36% in the last week.

“There are uncertainties, but there are other elements that we already know about omicron and it is not good news: we know that it is very contagious and that expands faster that delta, which was already faster than the original “, has qualified De Croo.

Storm is coming

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning this Wednesday: “Another storm is coming.” This has been assured by Hans Henri P. Kluge, regional director of the organization for Europe.

“Ómicron is becoming, or has already become, dominant in several countries, including Denmark, Portugal and United Kingdom, where the number of infections doubles every day and a half or three days, generating unseen transmission rates so far, “Kluge pointed out.

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Belgium shields itself from the omicron variant of the coronavirus and closes theaters, cinemas and concert halls