Belgium coronavirus deathtoll rises to 37 in largest
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[March 20, 2020]
By Marine Strauss
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium recorded 16
new deaths on Thursday because of coronavirus, for a total of 37 in the
country, the biggest daily rise since the beginning of the epidemic, a
spokesman for the Belgian health ministry said on Friday.
The country added 462 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing
the total number of infected in the country to 2257.
Telework has become mandatory for all companies and social
distancing measures must be implemented or companies will have to
close and could be fined.
The spokesman said the coming days would be "extremely intense"
because the number of patients in hospitals will continue to
increase but that hospitals were ready to cope, with a total
capacity of 1900 beds, at least at the beginning.
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Belgium imposed lockdown measures on Wednesday to contain the spread of
(Reporting by Marine Strauss @StraussMarine; Editing by Toby Chopra)
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