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Marc Van Ranst on the return of the mask to Molenbeek: “This solution is not very elegant”

The Brussels municipality has decided to impose the mask in very busy places. A measure of little use, according to virologist Marc Van Ranst.


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DSince we switched to code yellow on March 7, wearing a mask is no longer mandatory in public spaces. The only remaining exceptions are public transport and care facilities.



In Molenbeek, the mayor Catherine Moureaux (PS) has decided to impose the return of the mask in certain streets of the municipality, in the face of an ever-increasing number of cases.

The rise in cases is explained by the high population density coupled with a low vaccination rate. It is in this epidemiological context that the municipality decided to impose the mask in very busy places.

But for Marc Van Ranst, the usefulness of this measure has not been demonstrated. “I don’t think it’s necessary”, advances the virologist to the Newspaper. “It is true that there is an increase in cases in this region. Brussels and Wallonia are a little behind Flanders, where the figures are already down slightly. But this solution is not very elegant. »

The virologist has never been a big fan of wearing a mask outdoors. “Except in situations where there are a very large number of people close to each other. You will have more effect if you check the ventilation inside. (…) This seems to me more useful than a mandatory, more symbolic, open-air mouth mask. The mayor may want to send a message to the population: to be careful. »





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