Statement: Coronavirus

Belgium Government Coronavirus outbreak
The Belgium Government states on their web site: "There's no reason for concern about the new virus at the moment."
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Brussels Airport
Brussels Airport web site states: “The FPS Public Health is currently of the opinion that there is no risk for our country and no additional specific measures are needed at the airport in the meantime. The FPS Public Health closely monitors the situation in China and keeps us immediately informed of any measures. Our airport is able to put in place every arrangement made necessary by the circumstances and in consultation with the authorised authorities.
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Brussels Times News
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - The risk that a patient infected with the deadly coronavirus will appear in Belgium is very low, a representative from the Flemish Agency for Care and Health confirmed. “As a government, we are of course vigilant- we follow the news closely and we also receive updates from the World Health Organization, “Joris Moonens of the Flemish Agency for Care and Health told VRT. “We also hold regular risk assessments. But for right now we estimate that risk of a patient in Belgium [being infected] is quite low to very low. There is certainly no reason for concern,” Moonens added.
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Measures being implemented include:
  • Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer in multiple locations, plus advise to all attendees to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by attendees
  • Deep clean of all furniture, exhibit booths.
  • Focused awareness and training of all venue staff on standard personal preventative measures, e.g. personal hygiene, frequency of use of sanitising/disinfection products, etc
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection programme across all high-volume touchpoints, e.g. catering areas, surfaces, handrails, WCs, entrances/exits, public touch-screens, etc. along with the use of correct cleaning/sanitising materials and products.
  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by users before each use and between staff changeovers
  • Implementing a microphone disinfecting and change protocol for all speakers
  • Communicating advice to all attendees to adopt a ‘no-handshake policy’
  • 24-hour telephone Security and Medical contact service for all attendees
We are continually monitoring the evolving situation and will adapt our plans according to developments and advice from government and public health agencies.

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