Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, 45, is in intensive care with coronavirus after leading the country through the first six months of the pandemic as prime minister
- Sophie Wilmes, who was PM until 3 weeks ago, was taken to the intensive care unit
- She announced on Saturday that she had tested positive for coronavirus
- Wilmes led the country through six months of the pandemic and then switched jobs after their minority administration was replaced by a majority coalition
Belgian Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes has been taken to intensive care for COVID-19, her office announced today.
The 45-year-old, who was prime minister until three weeks ago, is conscious and her condition is stable, her spokesman said.
Wilmes said Saturday she tested positive and was more likely to get the virus from a relative than at work.
Wilmes led the country through the first six months of the pandemic and then switched jobs after their minority administration was replaced by a majority coalition earlier this month.
The newly appointed Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes can be seen during the handover ceremony at the Ministry in Brussels on October 1, 2020
Alexander De Croo, who took office as prime minister in early October, said on Twitter that he hoped she would recover quickly.
& # 39; Nobody is immune to this virus. All in all, we will defeat COVID-19, ”he wrote.
Infections and hospital admissions continue to rise in Belgium, where COVID-19 is among the world's highest per capita deaths.
Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke warned on Sunday of a possible tsunami in which the country will gradually lose control of the virus.
In terms of infections per capita in the past two weeks, Belgium is the second largest country in Europe after the Czech Republic.
The country of 11 million people reported 9,693 new infections per day in the week ending October 18, a 75 percent increase from the previous week.
Medical staff was working in the intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients at CHR Citadelle hospital in Liège, Belgium yesterday
An average of 319 people were hospitalized daily. So far 10,539 people have died.
The government will meet on Friday to discuss the pandemic.
Lead virologist Marc Van Ranst said Thursday the country needed to put in place a short, full lockdown to avoid a long partial lockdown that would exhaust everyone and weigh on the economy