Various experts had criticized the government's decision to leave the social bubble as it is. They all agreed that it actually comes to one thing to avoid a (big) second corona wave: reducing your social contacts.
Cathy Berx is particularly concerned about the city of Antwerp, where some districts are seeing a real hike in the number of new cases. She followed the experts' advice in an emotional address this morning, saying the lights are no longer on orange but on red: "It is no longer 5 minutes to 12, it is 1 past 12."
She almost begged citizens to take action themselves: "Please, limit your social contacts to your own family or meet no more than two good friends. Don't shake hands or kiss, wear a face covering and wash your hands regularly. (...) I hope we can still turn the tide but then we all need to make an extra effort. I have the feeling that many people have become careless. We need to act now."
Cathy Berx is obviously not a big fan of wedding parties or big family gatherings at present. "These can be perfect hotspots for the virus to multiply."