Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Kroo announced that Belgium will start banning non-essential travel to and from the country from January 27.
"As of January 27, leisure and tourist travel is prohibited. This applies to travel to or from our country," the prime minister said at a press conference on Friday.
The new China News Agency (Xinhua) reported that the ban will be in effect until March 1.
"Foreign nationals entering our country for professional reasons are required to show a double test: a negative PCR test upon departure and a negative PCR test upon arrival," de Crowe said.
"The non-medical professions can only be reopened as soon as possible from February 13th, provided that the epidemiological situation improves compared to the current situation, and the assessment will be made in the advisory committee on February 5," he said.
However, necessary travel will be permitted. This is the case for family reasons such as parenting, medical treatment, and work-related travel. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of continuing to apply the traditional rules of distance, wearing a mask, cleaning hands with water and alcohol, and going outside. Activities.
The epidemiological situation in Belgium remains fragile, from January 12 to 18, 1963 new infections were recorded on average per day, according to the Sciensano Institute of Public Health on Friday.
The number of hospital admissions is on the rise, with an average of 125.3 new admissions per day in the past week (15-21 January). To date, Belgium has recorded a total of 686,827 cases of Covid-19 and 20,620 deaths.