Brussels bans prostitution to try to curb its high rate of COVID-19 infections

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The city of Brussels decided this Monday ban prostitution to try to stop the high rate of coronavirus infections that the capital of Belgium accuses, where one in ten tests is positive, more than double the national average.

The decision was made by the city’s mayor, Philippe Close, in a municipal ordinance “with immediate effect and indeterminate duration “, indicated the agency Belgian.

Measure h led to the closure “until further notice” of various hotels from the capital frequented by prostitutes and their clients.

The local police have begun to inform prostitutes, both in the streets and in the premises where they work, of the veto, whose compliance he will be responsible for monitoring.

After a first phase of information, they could begin to impose fines whoever skips the decision, said Belga.

Also within the efforts to stop the advance of the pandemic, the 19 districts of Brussels agreed on Saturday to limit the closing of bars and cafes, starting this Monday and for the next three weeks.

Brussels has the highest positive rate in Belgium, with 10% of the tests carried out, which is more than double the national average, that between September 17 and 23 it reached 4.7%.

Between September 18 and 24, there were about 64 hospitalizations per day for COVID-19 in the country, which represents a 41% increase compared to the previous week.

The highest number of admissions, one in three, occurred in the region of Brussels capital.

(More information about the European Union at euroefe.euractiv.es)

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