Latest Belgium government News

Court orders Belgium to reframe virus restrictions as laws

Mar. 31, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian state should either lift all coronavirus measures within 30 days or frame them properly as law, a Brussels court ruled Wednesday. The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by the Belgian League of Human Rights, a nonprofit organization which has...

Belgium reverts to tighter Easter lockdown amid virus spike

Mar. 24, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is reintroducing a strict lockdown in response to a surge of new COVID-19 infections, with the government saying Wednesday that schools would close and residents would have limited access to nonessential businesses. Belgian Prime Minister...

NATO prepares 'virus-free' zone for summit; Biden invited

Mar. 23, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Since the coronavirus started spreading through Europe over a year ago, NATO's headquarters in Brussels has been off-limits to the media and others, but the military alliance now aims to get ahead of Belgium's vaccine program and have its staff guaranteed to be...

Belgium pauses re-opening plans as virus infections mount

Mar. 19, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Friday that the country faces a few “crucial weeks” as the number of coronavirus infections rise, and that the government has decided to pause its plans to gradually ease restrictions. Obligatory...

EU regulator 'convinced' AstraZeneca benefit outweighs risk

Mar. 16, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising in many places, governments faced the grimmest of dilemmas Tuesday: push on with a vaccine that is known to save lives or suspend use of AstraZeneca over reports of dangerous blood clots in a few recipients, even as the European regulator said...

Belgian PM flies LGBT flag following suspicious murder

Mar. 09, 2021 11:15 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The rainbow flag of the LGBT community flew outside the Belgian prime minister's office on Tuesday as suspicions remained that anti-gay motives may have been at the core of a brutal weekend killing. “In our country, there is no place for hatred. Love...

The Latest: Michigan makes homeless people vaccine-eligible

Mar. 07, 2021 16:55 PM EST

DETROIT — People who are homeless will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan starting Monday. Health officials say it’s a critical step in curbing infections and making sure vulnerable populations have access. “Our vulnerable...

Hold it! Belgian govt warns against using its own free masks

Feb. 25, 2021 16:11 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ten months after promising free cloth facemasks to protect all Belgians from COVID-19, the country's government is having second thoughts — warning they could be dangerous and shouldn't be used. Belgian authorities said the masks contain miniscule...

Delay in Pfizer vaccine shipments frustrate Europe, Canada

Jan. 20, 2021 14:42 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustration is mounting from Europe to North America over reduced shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine while the U.S. pharmaceutical company increases production capacity at its Belgian plant. Governments say it is costing critical time during the early stages of the...