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Belgium lets shops reopen, but keeps Christmas curbs to prevent third wave

By Philip Blenkinsop

BRUSSELS – Belgium will let shops reopen from Tuesday, but keep other coronavirus curbs over the festive period, including limits on gatherings over Christmas and a ban on fireworks at New Year, the prime minister said.

Countries across Europe have been battling a second wave of infections, and wrestling with how to keep their citizens safe while allowing them a little relief over the holidays.

“If we loosen too soon, the numbers will shoot up and then it will be very difficult,” Alexander De Croo told a news conference on Friday.

“If we have a third wave, it will be worse than the second and it will be harder to get out of it,” he added.

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