Kranti – Week One

Kranti lives in Leuven, a city in Flanders Belgium, it’s located about 25 kilometers (16 miles) west from Brussels. If you want to know more about Kranti, click here to read her bio.

Press the playbutton the listen to her introduction and how life has been so far since the virus spread in Belgium.

Current situation in Belgium 25-04-2020

According to the Belgium government the numbers of Saturday the 25th of April showed that there was a slight decrease of hospitalization of COVID-19 patients. Compared to the day before there were 809 new cases. Because the numbers are still high the government asks people to:
– Stay inside, especially when they’re sick
– Wash their hands regularly with soap
– Keep 1.5 meter distance of others
– Limit physical contact with others
– Wear a facemask in public transport and crowded places

Belgium has been in lockdown since the 18th of March. According to the Belgium government is is a ‘light’ lockdown. People are advised to leave their house daily for a walk or to cycle to get some fresh air. They are also allowed to keep seeing one friend in real life.  However, non-essential shops are closed, employers have to let their employees work from home (when possible), and non-essential traveling are all prohibited. People are not allowed to sit outside on benches or to gather in groups. If they do so, they can get a fine. Also, people cannot take longer than thirty minutes to get groceries in the supermarkets. Schools, restaurants and bars had already closed a few days prior to the lockdown. When the government made this decision, there were 1212 cases of the virus and ten patients had died.

On the 24th of April the National Security Council came together to discuss a corona exit strategy. The current measures will remain till at least the third of May, after that there might phase out the measures. Although there is a decrease in the number of hospitalization and deaths, the virus is still present on Belgium territory and remains dangerous according to the government.

Extras
Are you curious about Leuven, the city where Kranti lives? Watch this video to get an idea.

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