Brussels: a Regional Security Council this Thursday to analyze and curb the coronavirus epidemic

In the Brussels Region, the number of contaminations last week averaged 34.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Un Regional Security Council, which brings together Minister-President Rudi Vervoort and the mayors of the 19 municipalities of the Capital Region, is convened on Thursday morning.

New measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 could be taken. The foundations of this advice were laid on Wednesday by Mr. Vervoort, the Brussels Minister in charge of Health Alain Maron, the Senior Official Vivianne Scholliers and experts.

The office of the Senior Official already says that the regional security council will assess the evolution of the epidemic and that measures could possibly be taken at the level of districts. Politicians have not spoken at this stage.

Press conference at 12 p.m.

A press conference is scheduled for noon, at the end of this Regional Security Council.

In the Brussels Region, the number of contaminations last week averaged 34.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The ratio of positive tests is 3.7%, compared to 5.3% in Antwerp. The most affected Brussels municipality is Saint-Gilles with a rate of 70 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Only the municipalities of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (17) Watermael-Boitsfort (16) are below the alert threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.


In the United States positively assessed the first round of negotiations with Russia on arms :: Policy :: RBC

The special representative of the President of the United States Donald trump on arms control Marshall Billingsley welcomed the Russian-American consultations on strategic stability, held in Vienna. About this he wrote on Twitter.

“The first round of the Vienna talks — is very positive. A detailed discussion on the full range of nuclear issues,” — said Billingsley.

He added that the negotiations have established a technical working group. In General, the parties reached agreement on the second round, said the special representative of the American leader.

The United States proposed to include in the new Treaty, the nuclear arsenals of Russia and China

Consultations of the delegations of Russia and the United States on arms control was held in Vienna on 22 June. The delegation was headed by Russian Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and the special representative of the President of the United States Marshall Billingsley.


The DPRK blew up the joint with South Korea node :: Policy :: RBC

Threatening to destroy the building was made by the sister of North Korean leader Kim Yu-Jeong

The explosion of inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong

(Photo: Yonhap / EPA / TASS)

The North Korean military blew up the communications center, which was used for talks with South Korea. According to the Agency Yonhap, about the total destruction of the building reported the state radio of North Korea.

The explosion occurred in the city of Kaesong, which is North of the demarcation line.

Informed about the destruction of the building with reference to Ministry of unification of South Korea, reported Bloomberg. The Minister, Kim Yong-Chul said that the explosion in Kaesong was an expected event. From further review, he refused, stressing that Seoul study received information.

North Korea has declared about possible introduction of troops into the demilitarized zone

Photo: KCNA / Reuters

At the end of last week, threatening to destroy the communications were made by the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong UN, first Deputy head of the Department of the Central Committee workers ‘ party of Korea (WPK) Kim yo-Jong.


The modalities of drug abortion before the Council of State

This is a sensitive issue which was examined on Tuesday 12 May by the Council of State. The highest body of administrative justice, which for several weeks has been examining disputes related to the implementation of the state of health emergency, this time examined an appeal related to abortion.

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At the center of attention: the possibility for women to use a medicated abortion at home for up to seven weeks. A delay usually limited to five weeks, this technique can only be implemented between five and seven weeks in a hospital. But since an order of April 14, the authorities have decided to change the conditions of implementation during the duration of the state of health emergency.

After a teleconsultation with a doctor or midwife, women who have been pregnant for five to seven weeks and who wish to use a medicated abortion can therefore go directly to a pharmacy to be prescribed the medication that will allow them. A decision challenged by three associations which have filed an appeal before the Council of State: Alliance Vita, Jurists for Children and Pharmac’éthique.

“We had field alerts”

How to justify this extension? The women’s difficulty accessing the hospital to have an abortion, the health ministry officials said at the hearing. “We did not produce objectified data because the abortion data are very complicated to recover (…) but we had field alerts”, explained during the hearing Magali Guegan, of the sub-directorate “Population Health” of the Ministry of Health. Alerts notably given by Family Planning and gynecologists, she said.

“Right now, anything that can keep women from overloading hospitals where, by the way, they can catch Covid-19, is a good thing,” had explained to La Croix Professor Israel Nisand, president of the National College of French Gynecologists and Obstetricians.

“When you plan to have a doctor, it’s not for nothing”

At the Council of State, the representative of the government explained that this provision did not consist in an extension of the deadlines of the abortion strictly speaking, but rather in a reorganization of its implementation. “Sharing between cities [où l’IVG médicamenteuse est autorisée jusqu’à 5 semaines, NDLR] and hospital [où elle l’est jusqu’à 7] is a historic sharing “, she added.

So many arguments disputed by the associations, whose lawyers insisted on the difference between the situation of a woman aborting at five weeks, and that of a woman resorting to abortion at two weeks later.

“You don’t have the same bleeding and the same hemorrhagic risk at five or seven weeks”, said lawyer Vita, Maître Claire Rameix. “When you plan to have a doctor, it’s not for nothing. We have a dangerous drug. We are at risk of serious hemorrhage ”, she added. The lawyer denounced the “Disproportion” between this measurement and “The risk run by women”.

“There is a risk that this provision will last well beyond the state of emergency”, said the lawyer. Immediately contradicted by the director of legal affairs of the ministry of health, Charles Touboul. “All of these measures will lapse legally when the state of health emergency ends”, he said, referring to other decrees signed since March by the Minister of Health.

In a file published on April 9, the High Authority for Health recalled the “Precautions” essential when taking misoprostol, a drug that causes abortion, at home. Among them: the presence of a hospital less than an hour from the patient’s home, pain management, the possibility of being granted a sick leave and the importance for the patient of “Not (be) alone at home”.

The State Council decision is expected around May 18.


Revival decree: pre-council sled, perhaps CDM today – Politics

Sled in the late afternoon, as far as we learn, the pre-council meeting, preparatory of the Council of Ministers on the revival decree. The convocation of the Council of Ministers also depends on the times of the pre-Cdm: the objective, after the summit last night, was to convene the meeting for this evening but at this point the convocation could slip.

The stop at 2 per thousand in advance to the parties “it is a step back that satisfies us”. It would have been “really disrespectful to try to take advantage of this difficult phase for the Italians to ask for an anticipation of objectively unjustified liquidity”. This is what M5S government sources point out.

The government would be working on the hypothesis of simplify the legislation on masks and it is not excluded that some interventions may be included in the relaunch DL. The changes, according to what is learned, would aim to simplify and speed up the process for product certification and allow some of these, which meet specific technical requirements, to be used by certain categories as protective devices also in working environment.