Downing Street is reportedly considering plans to introduce nationwide curfews inspired by Belgium’s success in stemming a hike in coronavirus cases by shutting up shop early each evening.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has cited the European nation as a model for tackling the health crisis after a curfew “was effective in quelling an aggressive flare-up of the virus in Antwerp”, says The Telegraph.
But sceptics are pointing out that Belgium has recorded a 15% week-on-week rise in the number of daily infections across the country.
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Hancock and other ministers “see Belgium as a case study in how to save lives by tough early action to bring down cases”, says The Times.