Belgium reports 859 new COVID-19 cases

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BRUSSELS, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Belgium has reported 859 new COVID-19 cases by Tuesday, bringing the national tally to 592,615, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

It also reported 66 coronavirus-related deaths, taking the country's death toll from the disease to 17,386. Active cases were at 535,291 and total recoveries have reached 39,938.

The number of new daily cases has been steadily decreasing amid a second wave in the country, which witnessed a peak of 21,048 daily confirmed cases in late October, the data showed.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Belgium's COVID-19 figures will be good enough for current restrictions to be eased "in mid-January."

Meanwhile, the situation is still serious, he told VTM News. "By the time this television program will have ended, four persons will have died from COVID-19 in Belgium," he said.

Any decision needs to be based on figures, and the end-of-year is a sensitive period, he said. Enditem

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