However, not everyone is happy with the move. The virologist Marc Van Ranst wrote on Twitter that that “A country with more than 20 new infections per day (last week there were an average of more than 20 in Belgium) can’t afford to switch to summer holiday mode. We deserve better”.
However, Sciensano’s Steven Van Gucht told VRT News that Belgium is currently in a period of transition when it comes to the reporting of the figures. The monitoring of the figures is continuing 7 days a week. "The number of new infections is the most important figure”, Professor Van Gucht added.
On Monday afternoon Sciensano launched an online tool with which members of the public and the authorities can follow how many new infections have been reported in each municipality.
"There is an alarm function for local authorities that is linked to this. This should serve as a trigger for health inspectors if there is a particularly high number of infections somewhere locally”, Professor Van Gucht told VRT News.