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Covid Hotspot Belgium Sees First Signs of Ease in Case Spike

  • Government may need to extend measures, health expert says
  • Increased contacts blamed for spiraling infections growth

The explosive growth in Covid-19 cases in Belgium, which has one of the highest infection rates in Western Europe, appears to be easing, but government experts say some of the restrictive measures imposed recently will likely need to be extended. 

“It is starting to slow down for the moment,” Steven Van Gucht, head of the viral disease division at the Sciensano national public-health institute, said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “Looking at the infections, it might stabilize this week.”