Tag: Belgium

Salmonella Outbreak Shuts Down ‘World’s Largest’ Chocolate Factory in Belgium

An international chocolate factory has shut down all production at a plant in Belgium after discovering a salmonella-positive lot, the company confirmed on Thursday. In a June 30 statement, the Swiss chocolate maker, Barry Callebaut, said all products manufactured since June 25 in Wieze, a village in East Flanders, have been placed on hold. The company noted that…


The Apology Dilemma: Belgian King’s Controversial Visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo

Commentary The King of Belgium Philippe, recently visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), previously known as Zaire. It is the first time that the King, who ascended the throne in 2013, visited the country. He was accompanied by his wife, Queen Mathilde, and the Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. Philippe is a descendant…


First Mandatory Quarantines for Monkeypox as White House Warns of More Cases

Belgium has become the first country in the world to introduce a mandatory 21-day monkeypox quarantine for those who contract the virus after several cases were found, with a White House official warning Sunday that more U.S. cases are likely. Those who contract the virus will have to self-isolate, confirmed Belgian health authorities to news outlets. Individuals…


Belgium Detects First 2 Monkeypox Cases

BRUSSELS—Belgium detected its first two cases of monkeypox on Friday, authorities said. The cases were diagnosed in different cities, though Flemish broadcaster VRTNWS said both patients had attended the same party in an undisclosed location. A leading virologist said the number of cases in the country would probably rise. “I do expect more cases,” said…


Netherlands, Belgium Extradites Dozens of Russian Diplomats Accused of Espionage

Dutch and Belgian authorities are expelling 38 Russian diplomats after accusing them of engaging in espionage activities, the foreign affairs ministry in the Netherlands and Belgium announced on Tuesday. Wopke Hoekstra, the Netherlands’ minister of foreign affairs, said a total of 17 individuals, who were accredited as diplomats at the Russian representations in the Netherlands, were…


Car Runs Into Carnival Revelers in Belgium, Killing 6

BRUSSELS—A car slammed at high speed into Carnival revelers in a small town in southern Belgium early Sunday, killing six people and leaving 10 more with life-threatening injuries, authorities said, adding many others were lightly injured. “What should have been a great party turned into a tragedy,” said Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden. The prosecutor’s…


Belgium Scraps Almost All COVID-19 Measures

BRUSSELS—Belgium began easing most COVID-19 restrictions Monday in the biggest move to relax measures since the pandemic began some two years ago. Gone are the coronavirus passport that allows entry into bars, restaurants, theater, and cinemas as well as capacity limits. Masks will no longer be mandatory except on public transport and in the health…


Blockades by Virus Protest Convoys Banned in Paris, Brussels

PARIS—Authorities in France and Belgium on Thursday banned road blockades threatened by groups organizing online against COVID-19 restrictions, in part inspired by protesters in Canada. Citing “risks of trouble to public order,” the Paris police department banned protests aimed at “blocking the capital” from Friday through Monday. Police will put measures in place to protect…


Belgian Police Fire Water Cannon, Tear Gas to Disperse COVID-19 Protest

BRUSSELS—Tens of thousands of people protested in Brussels on Sunday against COVID-19 restrictions, some clashing with police who fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse them near the European Commission’s headquarters. The rally drew about 50,000 people, Belgian police said. It was peaceful at first as protesters chanted and filled streets, waving placards and…


Belgium to Make U-Turn to Allow Theatres, Cinemas to Reopen

BRUSSELS—The Belgian government was set to reverse course on Wednesday by allowing theatres to reopen after a court suspended their closure ordered a week ago to try to stem the surge in infections from the Omicron coronavirus variant. The ruling from the Council of State did not cover cinemas, but the government says they too…