About 45% of these new cases were among migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, who only account for 0.65 per cent of the Belgian population. These figures don't even reflect the actual extent of the problem: an estimated two- thirds of Sub-Saharan African migrants carry the virus without knowing it.
Once you've lived abroad for a while and return to where you came from, you find that your own personal river has flowed in one direction, while the one you first stepped in has gone in another.
Lots of Flemings go abroad, and some of them come home. And it's their problems that are the issue for a new service run by Flemings in the World, an organisation that provides a network for the children of Flanders, wherever they may be.
The new service is called Expert/Expats, and its aim is to make it easier to come home. Their service takes three forms:
A field in Neder-Over-Heembeek used by travellers as a camp has been planted with mustard, despite an assurance given by Brussels mayor Freddie Thielemans in May that the plan would not go ahead. The idea of alderman Bertin Mampaka, thet tall mustard plants were intended to stop travellers with caravans from using the field, but it ran up against the resistance of integration groups and local scouts who use the field for recreation. Mustard, a highly invasive plant, grows quickly to a height of up to 1.5 metres.
On the court, meanwhile, she made short work of her old friend, Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, to earn a quarterfinal place. However, Clijsters, seeded second this year behind Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, has failed to go beyond the quarter-finals in her last two Grand Slam tournaments.
Flanders' other Grand Slam hopeful, 15th-seeded Yanina Wickmayer fought off a match point in the third-set tiebreaker to beat Patty Schnyder in the third round. As Flanders Today went to press, Wickmayer, a semifinalist last year, was due to face 31st-seeded Kaia Kanepi in the fourth round.
First the bad news: in a restaurant, nearly 67% of Belgians, almost exactly two out of three, will choose wine with their meals; only 25% will choose beer. But beer drinking is in the ascendance - food and beer pairing is the latest fad in the restaurant industry. The sommelier of the future will be expected to know his Chimay from his Chateauneuf du Pape.
Police in Dilbeek are carrying out a campaign this month to educate motorists and pedestrians on the dangers of crossing train tracks while the barriers are down or the red light is flashing. Police patrols will watch over crossings, handing out warnings to offenders. From October, anyone crossing on a red light will face a fine of up to €2,750, or a five-year suspended license in the case of drivers.
This year has been named by the UN as the International Year of Biodiversity, after governments decided in 2001 to halt the loss of biodiversity by the end of the decade - a goal which is a long way from being met. As a mark of support (and a critique of the lack of progress), shepherds from different countries assembled the flock for the Berlin-to-Brussels drive.
Vittorio Pirozzi, the 58-year-old arrested last month and accused of being a capo of the Neapolitan mafia on the run from a 15-year sentence for drug trafficking, has lodged an appeal against his extradition to Italy. On being arrested, Pirozzi (who denies any mafia connections) said he preferred to sit out his sentence in a Belgian prison out of fear for his life.
Newcomers to the first primary class may have to take a language test if they haven’t been to pre-school and don’t speak Dutch at home
Girls born in 1998 will be eligible for a free vaccination against human papilloma virus, a precursor to cervical cancer
Secondary school students will have lessons in media awareness, teaching them how to gather and critically evaluate information
Last week GM revealed that the factory will be closed and the ground sold off as soon as possible if no agreement about a takeover is reached by 30 September.
According to the Flemish government, six potential takeover candidates have come forward - two Chinese car manufacturers, one European parts supplier and three other companies from outside the auto sector. While no details were revealed, Peeters said three of the candidates were serious contenders.