Belgians take trains to the coast despite 3rd wave

Brussels, Mar 31 (efe-epa).- Belgium’s train stations on Wednesday were crowded with passengers heading to the coast to escape record temperatures despite a third wave of coronavirus infections.

The image of the cities’ nearly empty streets stood in sharp contrast to those of people forming long lines to catch trains to beach-side towns such as Blankenberge and Ostend.

The Belgian SNCB railway company advised people against traveling by train to the beach, urging them to choose other less popular destinations.

The appeal has seen the number of passengers drop although it remains high, the spokesperson for SNBC Frederick Baller told Efe.

“There are many people who want to go to the beach in Belgium by train, we have seen this since yesterday, and we have to spread a message so that people do not go by rail to the beach, to be careful and not be too many people on the trains,” he said.

Mohamed is one of the dozens of people who headed on Wednesday to Brussels’ busy South station to take a train to the coast.

The spread of the coronavirus, with nearly 550 cases per 100,000 people in the country, does not discourage him, like many other passengers from traveling.

“We are careful, we have the masks, we apply hand gel and hope we do not have coronavirus, or worse,” he said. EFE-EPA


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