72,000 crime reports filed for breaches of rules designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus

Speaking in an interview on Monday morning, the Federal Interior Minister Pieter De Crem (Flemish Christian democrat, photo above) has said that so far a total of 72,000 crime reports have been filed for infringements of the rules that were brought in to curb the spread of the novel corona virus. 

The measures came into force almost two months ago on 14 March.

Speaking on the Francophone commercial radio station Bel-RTL, Mr De Crem said “In the whole kingdom there were around 72,000 in two months”.

The crime reports were drafted for offences such as failing to uphold social distancing, making non-essential journeys and entering facilities such as playgrounds or basketball courts that had been closed to the public as part of the measures.

The Interior Minister added that the most serious offences “will definitely" be been passed on to the Judicial Authorities.