January 22, 2022

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Coronavirus: Most Belgians agree with restrictions on freedoms for unvaccinated people

68% of Belgians agree with a partial limitation of liberties for unvaccinated citizens. This came according to the results of a public opinion poll conducted by the daily newspaper Le Soir and RTL television.

An opinion poll published on Monday showed that 22 percent of Belgians oppose such restrictions. Support for restricting unaccompanied access to public spaces is strongest in the Flanders region (71 per cent), lowest in Brussels and the metropolitan area (64 per cent) and lowest in Wallonia (62 per cent).

The Belgian federal government has prepared a bill on compulsory vaccination of doctors and medical staff. They must do so by April 1st if they do not want to lose their jobs. 74 per cent of Belgians agree with this proposal and 55 respondents said they agreed that unvaccinated people should not be able to work in healthcare at all.

In addition, half of the respondents would agree to vaccinate children against COVID-19 from ages 5 to 11.

The number of hospitalizations also decreased

The Sciensano Institute of Public Health confirmed on Monday that the average daily number of coronavirus infections in Belgium has continued to decline. From December 3 to 9, the average was 13,980 daily cases, down 20 percent from the previous week. In the same period, the number of hospitalizations decreased – to an average of 271, down 13 percent from the previous week.

However, at the same time, reports of the spread of a new variant of omicron were confirmed. In Belgium, 68 cases of infection were confirmed as of Monday, which represents only three percent of the infections documented, but this is a tenfold increase compared to the situation eight days ago.

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