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Belgium's Foreign Minister in Intensive Care with COVID

Belgium's Foreign Minister in Intensive Care with COVID

Thursday, 22 October, 2020 - 09:45
Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes. Reuters file photo

Belgian Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes has been hospitalized in intensive care with the coronavirus.


Wilmes, who was in charge when the first wave of infections hit the country this spring, now serves in the new government led by Alexander De Croo.


Elke Pattyn, a spokesperson at the Foreign Ministry, told The Associated Press that Wilmes is in a stable condition and conscious. She said her condition “is not worrying.”


The 45-year-old Wilmes, who was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday evening, said last week she thought she got infected within her family circle.


De Croo wished her a "speedy recovery" on his Twitter account.


"No one is immune from this dangerous virus. Together as one, we will beat Covid-19!" he said.


Belgium, a country of 11.5 million inhabitants, has been severely hit by the coronavirus and is currently seeing a sharp rise in new cases. More than 10,000 people have died from coronavirus-related complications in Belgium.


Several senior European politicians have fallen ill with the coronavirus, and Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg tested positive on the same day as Wilmes.


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