Belgium readies launch of ‘coronavirus barometer’

A Covid-19 barometer which will enable Belgium to fine-tune measures against the coronavirus pandemic is expected to be ready by Tuesday, the prime minister said. The barometer announced by authorities in the latest National Security Council (NSC) will use a colour-coded system to grade the epidemiological situation at a national, provincial and regional level. Speaking […]

Belgian court could rule on legality of fingerprint ID cards this year

The Constitutional Court may rule later this year on the constitutionality of the fingerprints on the electronic identity card (eID), said privacy activist and lawyer Matthias Dobbelaere-Welvaert on Monday, who has raised funds to bring the case to court. The issuing of the new identity cards started at the beginning of the year. However, the […]

Police in Belarus detained more than 350 people at Sunday’s protests

Police in Belarus detained more than 350 people at nationwide protests on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said. Masked police dragged people into vans and fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse crowds as tens of thousands marched for a seventh straight weekend to demand veteran Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko quit. (arabnews)

Paris knife attack suspect wanted to avenge Prophet cartoons

French police are studying a video in which the man suspected of attacking people with a meat cleaver on Friday says he will commit an act of “resistance” after the republication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad in a satirical magazine. The suspect, who is from Pakistan, was arrested soon after two people were wounded […]

Pompeo begins Greece talks to calm eastern Mediterranean tensions

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began talks on Monday in Greece to de-escalate tension in the eastern Mediterranean and boost tentative steps at dialogue between Athens and Ankara. Pompeo began his two-day visit by meeting Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in Thessaloniki. Neither side has released a statement. “Thrilled to be back in Greece, a […]

Belgium insists on teleworking where possible

Belgium’s Crisis Centre has once again called on people to telework as much as possible in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country. “Taking into account the current situation of the pandemic in our country, we call for maximum commitment to teleworking,” Yves Stevens of the Crisis Centre said. As […]

Belgium’s rapid rise in coronavirus cases begins to slow down

An average of 1,551.3 people per day tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Belgium during the past week, according to the latest figures by Sciensano on Monday. The trend of new infections per day increased by 17% over the 7-day period from 18 to 24 September. Additionally, 174.9 infections were confirmed per 100,000 […]

Over 1 million coronavirus deaths registered worldwide

More than one million people have lost their lives to Covid-19, according to a count by AFP on Sunday at 10:30 PM GMT (12:30 AM Brussels time). A total of 1,000,009 deaths were officially recorded among 33,018,877. At the same time, 22,640,048 people are considered to have recovered from the virus. The most affected regions […]