Belgian health minister says another eight weeks of coronavirus impact

When Belgian Health Minister Maggie De Block told a newspaper that the impact of coronavirus will last “at least eight weeks,” she was not talking about the length of a lockdown, her spokesman said on Monday.

De Blocks comments to the weekly newspaper De Zondag were interpreted by some media as her saying that Belgians will be confined to their homes for another eight weeks. But spokesperson Jelle Boone said the minister meant that eight weeks was the period of time in which the virus will be present in the country.

This was based on scientific evidence and on the experience of China, he added.

The confinement measures are constantly being looked at based on evidence and the need to manage risks, according to Boone. For now they are in place until April 5, but that could change.

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