Coronavirus: Belgian medics turn their backs on PM over COVID-19 decree

Doctors and nurses have shown their anger at the Belgian government’s coronavirus response by turning their backs on the prime minister’s visit to their hospital.

Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes made unofficial visits to two hospitals in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Saturday, and was met at one with a particularly frosty reception.

Footage of her car arriving at Saint-Pierre Hospital in the Marollen neighbourhood showed dozens of staff members lining the route to the entrance of the facility – but with their backs turned to the motorcade.

It comes in response to the signing into law of a royal decree that allows for unqualified staff to undertake nursing duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to local media.

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