Covid-19: measures, medical and news

Belgian governments at all levels are taking measures to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

The city of Leuven's official website features a section in English highlighting the federal and local measures taken. These are updated regularly and can be consulted here:

Download Coronalert, a free and safe app developed by the Federal Government to help slow down the spread of COVID-19.  The app:

  • Warns you if you were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. This happens totally anonymously. So you will not know with who, when or where the close contact took place
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, the app alerts other users with whom you have been in close contact. This also happens anonymously

Guidelines for (possible) patients People with symptoms (coughing, sneezing, fever, respiratory problems,...) are asked to contact their GP/family doctor by phone only. Do not go to the waiting room or the emergency department. Your doctor will determine by telephone whether you can remain at home or should go to the hospital.

In case you do not have a GP/family doctor in Leuven: 

  • During the day/workweek: you can look for a GP/family doctor in your area on the website of KHOBRA or Doctena
  • After 19:00 and during the weekend: call 1733.  Have your postal code and ID card at hand. If you have an international SIM card, call 02 524 98 89
  • Only for students at KU Leuven, LUCA Lemmens or Vlerick: do not enter the Student Health Service, but contact your own family doctor or with the family doctor of the Student Health Service.

General health guidelines

Simple actions can help to avoid the spread of flu viruses and corona.

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Always use paper tissues. Dispose of the tissues immediately after use and throw them away in a closed dustbin
  • If you don’t have a tissue handy, sneeze or cough into the crease of your elbow, not your hands
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay at home.  

Travelling & testing

Each destination or country/region of origin is color-coded.  On the website you get an overview of what is required in terms of paperwork, testing and/or quarantine.

The measures imposed by other EU countries can be found on the website re-open EU.

Corona tests cannot be done 'spontaneous', you need a testing code. More information on the testing protocol can be found here.

Questions & news

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