Belgium will prolong confinement measures until May 3, federal Prime Minister Sophie de Wilmes announced on Wednesday.

Lockdown measures should continue beyond the original April 19 deadline with basically the same conditions applied past month, Wilmes said after a National Security Council meeting.

People can only leave their homes to buy food and medicine, visit a doctor, help someone in need, or go to work, she said.

The government continues to encourage home office solutions, she added.

In addition to supermarkets and pharmacies, now gardening and do-it-yourself shops can be open, she said, while snack bars and restaurants remain

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