Belgium’s infection rates have reached the NHI’s limit for a red level

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Belgium’s infection rates for the past two weeks has been over the limit and is considered red in the National Institute of Public Health’s(NHI) overview.

As shown in the new numbers from the European Center for Infection Control(ECDC), according to Aftenposten. Belgium now has 25.4 cases of infection for every 100,000 people, while the limit for FHI is 20.

Consequently, the country could end up under the red category, so much so that a quarantine requirement could be introduced for people coming from there to Norway. 

Both Austria and Czech Republic are closing the limit of 20 with 17.5 and 19.7 infection cases per 100,000 people.

FHI is keeping a close watch

Chief physician at the National Institute of Public Health, Are Stuwitz Berg, has told NRK that they are aware about the negative trend in certain European countries. , especially Belgium.

-” There has been a clear increase in the number of cases in multiple places  recently, this is something we are keeping an eye on. When we gave our advice to the government before the press release on Friday, Belgium was around 16 , but now we see that they are over 20.”, says Berg. 

He says that FHI has gathered more information on the situation in Belgium, and that the outbreak seems to be more localized than it is in Spain, which on Saturday went from green to red. 


“This means that there is a smaller chance for the numbers to have an explosive development. We hope to give Norwegians assessable advice, and therefore, we wait for clear developments before we advise.”, says Berg

Close to 65,000 Belgians have tested positive for the virus in the country, and over 9,800 of them have died. This accounts to 85 corona deaths per 100,000 people, almost twice as much as USA and ten more than the world average. 

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