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Belgian foreign minister in intensive care after contracting Covid-19

More than 10,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Belgium, a country of 11.5 million people.
Sophie Wilmes attending the second day of an extraordinary EU summit on the European Budget 2021-2027. Photo: Zucchi Enzo/EU Council/File photo.
Sophie Wilmes attending the second day of an extraordinary EU summit on the European Budget 2021-2027. Photo: Zucchi Enzo/EU Council/File photo.

Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes on Thursday has been admitted to intensive care for treatment of Covid-19, after having tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo reacted promptly and wished Wilmes a speedy recovery on social media.

"No one is immune against this dangerous virus," he said on Twitter. "Together, we will defeat Covid-19."

Wilmes, who served as the country's interim prime minister until the end of September, had announced on Saturday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Conscious and stable

According to media reports, she is conscious and her condition is stable.

Wilmes is not the first Belgian politician to be infected with the virus. Brussels politicians Rudi Verwoort and Sven Gatz recently also tested positive.

Belgium is currently struggling with a wave of infections and set a record of 12,000 daily new cases earlier this month. More than 10,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the country of 11.5 million people.

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