The total number of the patients infected with the new coronavirus surged to 1,058 in Belgium, a health authority confirmed on Monday.

The northern region of country, Flanders is significantly more affected by the virus.

More than half of the patients, 666 people, are from Flanders, while 274 cases were registered in the southern region Wallonia, and only 103 in the capital Brussels, according to a website statement by Federal Public Service of Health.

The virus has claimed five lives in Belgium so far.

Belgian parties agreed to grant special powers to the caretaker government lead by Sophie Wilmes

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