The Belgium health Minister warned that the country could soon be overwhelmed by new coronavirus infections, as case numbers increasing across the country.
Frank Vandenbroucke said new cases were close to a “tsunami” and admitted that the authorities have “no longer control what is happening”.
New measures to try to halt the spread came into force day with all bars and restaurants closed for four weeks.
Infection numbers are climbing throughout Europe, prompting new restrictions across the whole continent.
Italian Premier announced new measures
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti announced new measures after the country recorded its highest daily infection rate, while nine major French cities have been placed under curfew.
The Czech Republic – which has the highest infection rate is considering a full national lockdown.