Belgian minister Wilmès discharged after Covid-19 hospitalisation
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Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès has been discharged from the hospital after spending a just over a week in treatment for Covid-19.

“The minister will now continue to recover at home for as long as it is necessary,” a spokesperson for Wilmès said, Le Soir reports.

Wilmès, who led the country as caretaker prime minister through the first wave of the pandemic, was admitted into intensive care in Brussels Delta hospital days after she announced she had tested positive for the new coronavirus.

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The minister announced that she was to be discharged from the ICU six days later but remain in the hospital and thanked health care staff for their “immense dedication and professionalism” in a tweet.

News of Wilmès’ infection came days after she attended a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers following which her Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg, also tested positive for Covid-19.

Announcing her positive infection on Twitter, Wilmès, who is also deputy prime minister, said she believed she had contracted the virus “within my family circle given the precautions taken outside my home.”

Gabriela Galindo
The Brussels Times