UK looks to Belgium for Covid inspiration despite infections rise

Matt Hancock hails Belgian model amid rollout of new curbs in England – but data shows jump in new cases

Belgium has been cited by the UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, as a model for getting coronavirus under control – just as its public health body recorded a 15% rise in the number of daily infections compared with the previous week.

Despite a dip in the number of new infections in August, after a tightening of rules by the Belgian prime minister, Sophie Wilmès, the most recent data suggests the country’s success may be short-lived as people return to work and school.

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