Went there with my girlfriend, we had an amazing experience going through the narrow streets and historic landmarks. Our guide was really well informed and fun, made us learn a lot about DR historic events and made our trip even more entertaining A must for everyone visiting Zona Colonial! We had a great time while learning historic facts from the Dominican Republic. We tour around the colonial city, had fun and learn something new. I am really happy my siblings and I went on the tour. It was our very first time riding the Trikke. Our tour guide, Rainer, was great! He made sure we took the necessary safety precautions and was very knowledgeable about the history of the Dominican Republic.
It did not take long to get accustomed to riding the Trikke, and it was pretty fun.
The experience was amazing and we had a blast!!!! I highly recommend doing this towards the beginning of your trip to get a feel of the Zona Colonial. The tour guide offered us tips on places to go and it made the rest of our trip more enjoyable having already had the tour. I went with my SO and took the bar hopping tour. We had a great time! You don't have to bring a camera because they take a lot of pictures and then they send it to you. The trikke is easy to drive and really fun.
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On 27 March, the National Security Council and the governments decided to extend the measures until 19 April end of the Easter vacation. On 6 March, Federal Minister of Public Health Maggie De Block criticised EU governments for blocking the export of medical masks at a time when global stocks were decreasing, asserting that they were acting against the spirit of the European Union. While the number of tests capped at 3, and 4, a day, an increase in stocks of the required materials [ further explanation needed ] was announced early April by the Federal Minister Philippe De Backer, to improve the testing capacity to 10, tests a day.
At the outset, the Belgian authorities, mostly through their federal Minister of health Maggie De Block , had focused on reassuring by asserting that there was no reason to panic,  that Belgium has good hospitals and laboratories  and that the government was attentive to the evolution and well prepared for the possible arrival of coronavirus. An official website  of the Federal Public Service Health dedicated to the coronavirus crisis was registered by the authorities before the first case was officially confirmed, at the end of January,  to inform the public.
Every day, the latest developments on the epidemiological situation in Belgium are reported, with the new figures of confirmed cases, hospitalised patients and deaths, as well as general explanations and forecasts, or reminders of the need to respect the social distancing measures. In an apparent effort at transparency, a daily epidemiological bulletin and a set of raw data are made available on the Belgian Institute for Health website. Experts and authorities also used the media to express themselves throughout the crisis, either to reproach citizens organising or taking part in so-called 'lockdown or corona parties ',  or otherwise to give their point of view.
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On 20 March, the chairman of the Scientific Committee expressed the hope that the measures that came into effect on 14 March would lead to a stabilisation of the number of hospitalisations starting from the middle of the week beginning 23 March. Erika Vlieghe of the Scientific Committee mentioned that she expected the peak of the pandemic to occur in early April.
When the first measures were taken by the Belgian government on 10 March, in the form of recommendations, some expressed that more drastic measures were required, like Professors Herman Goossens and Marc Van Ranst who questioned the set limit of maximum 1, people for indoor events. Some media made positive criticism, such as the Financial Times who praised Belgium for its handling of the coronavirus crisis,  claiming Belgium had shown that "a fragmented country" could still produce a clear response to the pandemic — by taking decisive actions earlier than other countries — and pointing out the daily briefings are not held by politicians but by scientific experts and spokespersons.
Just as many countries in the world,  Belgium faced a shortage of personal protective equipment PPE such as respirators , surgical masks or face shields. Towards the end of January, Belgian newspapers highlighted the shortage of respirators and surgical masks and a retailer questioned whether Belgian would have enough masks if there were to be an outbreak of the virus, but the Federal Public Service Health claimed the Belgian hospitals had sufficient stock. Upon reaching their expiration date in , minister of health Maggie De Block decided to destroy and not replace 6 million face masks.
In Belgium, the organisation of care homes falls under the regional authorities. On 11 March the care homes were closed for all visitors in Wallonia and Brussels, and a day later in Flanders. After the closure, the sector requested more protective equipment, more training and guidelines for caretakers on how to handle infected patients, and more tests.
However, not much was changed and the care homes kept operating with a lack of tests and a lack of protective equipment while being required to keep many infected residents in the homes. Care organisations accused the minister of losing 3 weeks time, and being very late with an emergency plan. Steven Van Gucht from Sciensano explained this was partly due to a difference in counting, compared to other countries. This way of counting was criticised by Flemish Minister for Tourism, Zuhal Demir , as it would portray Belgium as bad in the fight against coronavirus and also would harm the Belgian reputation of being a prominent country in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
Belgian authorities however defend their strategy for being the most transparent and the most detailed method,  even if it results in numbers that are "sometimes overestimated". When several countries published excess mortality figures, it appeared that the criticised way [ who? Causing still an underreporting of around deaths. While the neighbouring Netherlands had an estimated excess mortality of 6,, with only 3, reported COVID deaths in that same period.
Causing an underreporting of around deaths.
To cope with the increasing influx of patients, several hospitals started to build new temporary facilities, such as the UZA clinic in Edegem with the construction of containers  or the Saint Peter's Hospital in Brussels with the set up of outside tents supported by the Belgian Red Cross. Even if Belgium belongs to the EU's top five in terms of intensive care unit ICU capacity, with a number quoted to be around Some Belgian hospitals also appealed to the community to help, such as the UZ Leuven who called for mouth masks  and financial support for research into COVID ,  or Brussels Saint Peter's hospital who called for donations to buy life-saving ventilators.
Attempts to predict the progress of the coronavirus spread with compartmental models are undertaken at Ghent University Prof Jan M. In an effort to alleviate the hand sanitiser shortage in Belgium, several Belgian companies started to make alcohol  or to manufacture hand sanitisers themselves, like the pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceutica ,  the brewing company AB InBev  and the Sugar refinery of Tienen ,  reaching a total of 1 million liters of gel and ending the shortage in the country.
To make up for the shortage of medical masks , the Belgian textile sector was requested but unable to produce masks at short notice because of the lack of manufacturing capacity and of raw materials. The vaccines division of GlaxoSmithKline , which has its headquarters in Belgium, helped with providing its infrastructure and staff free of charge to carry out at least 6, PCR tests per day on their Rixensart site,  participating in an increase of the number of analyses in the country, as of 9 April.
The idea of forming an emergency government emerged. Following the containment measures of the federal government , many Belgian businesses had to shut down temporarily or have reduced staff numbers at work, resulting in 1. Belgian companies suffer from the corona crisis, such as producers of fries who reported a drop in demand for potato specialities. Just as most airlines in the world,  the national flag carrier Brussels Airlines suspended all its commercial flights as of 21 March, originally until 19 April  but delayed the restart of operations first till 15 May,  then till 1 June,  then gradually from 15 June.