Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel Hospitalized With COVID-19

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has been admitted to the hospital on July 4 after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, according to a statement from his office.

“After testing positive for COVID-19 on June 27, 2021, the Prime Minister went to the hospital today to do additional tests and analyses,” Bettel’s office announced.

The statement further said that as a precautionary measure, Bettel, 48, will remain for 24 hours in the hospital for observation.

The statement did not provide details on Bettel’s current condition.

The announcement comes a week after Bettel tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms such as fever and headache. He began self-isolation for 10 days.

Two days before his positive COVID-19 diagnosis, he attended a European Council meeting in Brussels with other European Union leaders. However, none of the other leaders were classified as a contact case since they observed physical distancing rules and wore masks during the meeting.

Bettel received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on May 6.

Luxembourg has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases for the last 10 days.

According to data from the government, Luxembourg has recorded 136 new cases — a figure seen last recorded in mid-May. It brings the nationwide tally to 71,031.

No new deaths have been recorded. The nationwide death tally stands at 818.

Luxembourg has administered 8,803 vaccinations per day. It has administered a total of 560,608 vaccines.

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