France 24
France 24 21 Oct 2020

Belgian health services buckling under strain of Covid-19 testing

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Bars and restaurants in Belgium have been closed for one month to limit the spread of Covid-19. In the French-speaking Wallonia, many testing centres have been forced to shut as they lack the necessary equipment to keep up with demand.


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