Belgium imposed lockdown on public life from Wednesday noon local time (1100GMT) over the new coronavirus outbreak.

The recently formed emergency government led by Sophie Wilmes decided late Tuesday evening to impose drastic measures to stem the further spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19.

People are only allowed to leave their homes for buying food and medicine, visiting a doctor, helping someone in need or going to work if home office is not an option for them.

All non-essential shops need to be closed, while supermarkets are obliged to limit the number of customers according to the size

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