The US has advised citizens against travel to Belgium
“The current pace of transmission across the 53 countries of the European Region, is of grave concern,” Mr Kluge said, adding that new cases were nearing record levels, exacerbated by the more transmissible Delta variant of the virus.
比利时 on Thursday reported a steep rise in 冠状病毒病-19 infections and hospitalisations back to levels last experienced in October 2020, three days after the 美国 advised its citizens against travelling to the country that hosts the EU and NATO headquarters.
Data from Belgium’s Sciensano health institute showed 6,728 daily new cases on average in the last 14 天, up 36 前一周的百分比. An average of 164 patients with Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals daily in the last seven days, 一种 31 per cent increase, 和 343 patients were in intensive care.
Belgium went into its second coronavirus lockdown in October 2020, a few days after recording similar hospitalisation numbers.
在星期一, the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) added Belgium to its highest risk level, discouraging international travel there for those not fully vaccinated.
“Because of the current situation in Belgium, even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants,” it said.
There are nine other European countries on the US maximum Covid risk level including Britain, 奥地利, 克罗地亚, Greece and the Baltic countries.
多于 8.6 million people in Belgium have been fully vaccinated, 74 per cent of its population. But the country has eased face mask requirements in recent months and is now facing a fresh spike in infections as winter nears.
So far in the nearly two years of the pandemic, Belgium has had one of the world’s highest per capita mortality rates, mostly due to deaths in care homes in the first wave.