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Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel admitted to hospital with coronavirus


Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has been admitted to hospital just days after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 48-year-old went to a hospital as a precaution on Sunday morning as he battled the virus, local media reported, citing a statement from his office.

He was expected to remain under observation for 24 hours while “additional tests and analyses” were carried out.

Mr Bettel, who received his first dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on May 6, tested positive for the disease and began self-isolating for 10 days on June 27 as he suffered mild symptoms including fever and a headache.



Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel gestures at a news conference after his meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Luxembourg
Mr Bettel is seen in September 2019 after meeting Boris Johnson in Luxembourg

Before contracting Covid-19, he was due to receive his second jab on Thursday.

The positive test came two days after he attended a European Council meeting in Brussels with fellow EU national leaders.

His office had said he would work from home while in quarantine.

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