Brussels, Oct 22 (AFP/APP): Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, who was caretaker prime minister during the first wave of the coronavirus, has been admitted to intensive care, officials said Thursday.
The 45-year-old tested positive for COVID19 last week and had been self-isolating, but her condition worsened and on Wednesday night she was admitted to a Brussels hospital.
“She is conscious and she can communicate”, her spokeswoman said, confirming that Wilmes was receiving intensive care. A source in her office said her condition was “stable”.
Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, who succeeded Wilmes on October 1, wished her a “speedy recovery” on his Twitter account. “No one is immune from this dangerous virus. Together as one, we will beat COVID19!” he said.
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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