At the start of the epidemic in Belgium the basic reproduction number for the novel corona virus was between 2 and 3. Early last week it was 0.8.
However, at Monday morning’s National Crisis Centre press conference it was announced that this had now fallen to 0.6. Professor Steven Van Gucht (photo above) told the press conference that “This is good news because it shows that the epidemic is slowing still further”.
Professor Van Gucht went on to stress the importance of the RO number remaining under 1 in the future because “From the moment that it is above 1 the epidemic is once again gaining strength”.