Belgium’s second COVID wave shows first signs of slowing

The rate of increase in new COVID-19 infections in Belgium has slowed but it is too early to say that the country’s second wave has peaked, the government said on Monday as new restrictions to avert a breakdown of the health system went into effect. “The number of infections and admissions to hospital continues to rise, but less rapidly,” Health Ministry spokesman Yves Van Laethem said. The country of 11 million, home to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, has Europe’s worst infection rate and one of its highest mortality rates, according to official data.

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