feels bizarre. I'm in touch with students via internet and I've
cleaned my desk. It's slow progress," Cardoen told Reuters by
telephone from his apartment in Brussels after posing for a
photo from his window.
Like millions of Europeans confined to their homes to stop the
spread of coronavirus, Belgians are finding it hard to be
suddenly cooped up inside just as the warmer spring weather
arrives, unable to go to the local cafe or see friends.
Many are bracing for a long lockdown.
"It's like a calm sea before the tsunami," Belgian nurse
Francoise said. She had not yet had to care for coronavirus
patients at the hospital, but "it's likely to happen soon."
Like Italy, France and Spain, Belgium has imposed a lockdown
until at least April 5, closing shops, restaurants and schools,
with residents told to stay home for all but essential
activities such as grocery shopping and physical exercise.
"Videos on social media help keep up our spirits," said Hugot.
"I'm grateful too to have my family with me at home."
With 37 deaths so far and 2,257 people infected by the
coronavirus, Belgium's Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes told
Belgians on Friday: "It's tough but we must stick to it."
(Reporting by Yves Herman and Robin Emmott; Editing by Mark
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