Uncategorized Published on 23/11/2020

More screening for more monitoring 

This Monday, November 23, 2020, the government is setting the new priorities for the COVID-19 testing strategy in Belgium. As from this day, all high risk contacts and / or travelers returned from red zone will be tested. 

From October 21 to November 15, 2020, screening centers and laboratories had to refocus their capacity on symptomatic patients to better manage the massive arrival of new positive cases. 

The screening strategy get used to health situation. Open this testing capacities is once again a priority in order to closely follow virus progression in Belgium. 


When do you need to get tested ? 

Do you suspect you might be infected ? Have you been in a red zone or high-risk area abroad ? 
Quarantine yourself for 7 days! 
From the day after this 7th day, a PCR test is strongly recommended. 
If you are returning from a red or risky zone, the passenger tracking form must be completed. This is an official document from the SPF Foreign Affairs. Following this, you will receive an SMS with good recommendations. 
This rules are tough but necessary to ensure the safety of all citizens.


Quarantine and self-isolation, what’s the difference ? 

If someone you were in close contact with tested positive for COVID-19 (you are a high-risk contact), you have to go in quarantineDuring the 7 days following the announcement of this positive case, be carefulStay at home without receiving visitors.

You need to self-isolate if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Whether you are symptomatic or asymptomatic, this self-isolation is highly recommended for a period of 14 days. You are then considered “infectious”, it is your responsibility to keep away from all contact and take care of yourself and prevent the virus spread. 


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