Brussels community discount supermarket helps families hit by pandemic | AFP

In Brussels, the community discount supermarket Episol helps people who have been hit hard by the economic crisis linked to the coronavirus pandemic, like Malika, an unemployed mother of three who contracted COVID-19 and recovered.

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Brussels’ mayor offers Manneken-pis a new face mask | AFP

The municipality of the city of Brussels gives the Manneken-pis a new face mask with a Belgian flag. Since the beginning of the lockdown, a white mask has been seen on the city’s most famous statue.

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Brussels commuters wear compulsory face masks as lockdown eased | AFP

Commuters wear masks to take public transport in the Belgian capital as the country slowly eases its coronavirus lockdown, while still imposing some restrictions. Millions of Europeans emerged from lockdown on Monday, with hardest-hit Italy leading the way out of its two-month coronavirus confinement. IMAGES

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Belgian man shares painful COVID-19 recovery | AFP

Hospitalised on March 16 after testing positive for COVID-19, Pierre Fonteyne, a 74-year-old patient at the Erasme Hospital in Brussels, is slowly learning to walk again. Slow rehabilitation awaits the patients who are the most seriously affected by the new coronavirus, who must above all regain their lung capacity. For this reason, the Erasme hospital set up a special COVID unit in April called “Middle Care”, which aims to get patients back on their feet when they are discharged from intensive care.

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Brussels ‘love bus’ delivers hope during pandemic

A special electric bus is delivering audio messages of love and kindness via loudspeaker to Brussels residents who are confined to their homes during the coronavirus outbreak. (April 23)

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Converted bus becomes mobile test centre for care home staff and seniors in Brussels | AFP

An emergency doctor at Saint-Pierre Hospital in Brussels has converted a bus into a COVID-19 mobile test centre, which goes from care home to care home to test staff and residents. The aim is to increase the number of tests carried out daily in the city.

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oronavirus: MSF opens a medical centre for people in need in Brussels | AFP

NGO Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is opening a medical centre in Brussels for people in need and suspected of being sick with the Covid-19. With an initial capacity of 58 beds, the centre will be able to expand and shelter up to 150 people.

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Coronavirus: Belgian hospital converts snorkelling masks into emergency ventilators | AFP

Based on research carried out in Italy, the Erasme hospital in Brussels has developed a device which transforms a Decathlon snorkelling mask into an emergency ventilator for patients suffering with COVID-19, to help mitigate any shortage of ventilators during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Belgium’s homeless struggling under virus lockdown | AFP

Stay home to avoid coronavirus: simple advice but impossible for those who live on the streets. In Brussels, local support group Samusocial is trying to help them and has set up a crisis centre for those tested positive with COVID-19.

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Coronavirus: Brussels streets begin to empty as city goes on lockdown | AFP

People walk along a main street of Brussels as the city goes on lockdown in a measure to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Belgium followed Italy, Spain and France in ordering on Wednesday its citizens to stay at home until April 5, except for medical attention, getting exercise or working in businesses deemed essential. IMAGES

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EU promises ‘whatever Italy needs’ to fight virus | AFP

The European Commission promises to provide Italy with whatever support it needs to overcome the challenge of the coronavirus, after complaints that Brussels had been slow to react. SOUNDBITE

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Coronavirus: Erdogan avoids handshakes on Brussels trip | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan avoids shaking hands with EU and NATO officials during a one day trip to Brussels and instead puts his hand on his heart as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak.

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EU backs Italy’s ‘bold measures’ to fight virus | AFP

The EU praises Italy for taking “bold” steps to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, adding that Brussels would do all in its power to help. SOUNDBITE European Commission vice-president in charge of the Euro, Social Dialogue, Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

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Coronavirus: Erdogan avoids handshakes on Brussels trip | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan avoids shaking hands with EU and NATO officials during a one day trip to Brussels and instead puts his hand on his heart as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak.

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Greta Thunberg joins Brussels protest urging EU to do more on climate change | AFP

Climate activist Greta Thunberg joins a protest outside the EU Commission buildings in Brussels. Europe unveiled a landmark green growth law on Wednesday but failed to impress teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who dubbed it a “surrender” to the threat of climate change. IMAGES

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Catalan separatist leader holds mass rally in Perpignan | AFP

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain over a failed 2017 independence bid, draws vast crowds of supporters to a rally in southern France near the Catalan border. It is the first time the former Catalan president has ventured so close to the Spanish frontier since he fled to Brussels to escape prosecution following the failed secession bid that sparked Spain’s worst political crisis in decades. IMAGES

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EU Council chief meets with Macron for budget talks in Brussels | AFP

European Council chief Charles Michel and Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen meet with France’s Emmanuel Macron in Brussels during a special summit to decide on the bloc’s longterm budget. IMAGES

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EU Council chief Charles Michel continues budget negotiations in Brussels | AFP

President of the European Council Charles Michel continues talks with EU leaders regarding the proposed longterm budget for the bloc. After a night of tough talks, leaders and diplomats poured doubt on the chances of reaching an agreement at this summit for the EU’s seven-year post-Brexit budget. IMAGES

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Macron, Merkel and EU Council chief Michel meet before summit | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel meet for talks in Brussels just before a key EU summit to work out the bloc’s next seven-year budget. IMAGES

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EU Council President welcomes US Speaker of the House in Brussels | AFP

The President of the European Union Council, Charles Michel, welcomes the Speaker of The United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, at the European Council in Brussels. IMAGES

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi meets EU’s Ursula von der Leyen | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Speaker of The United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi before their bilateral meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels. IMAGES of their meeting

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