Luxembourg's premier in 'serious but stable' condition with Covid-19

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Brussels, July 5 (BNA): Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was in "serious but stable" condition after he was hospitalized at the weekend for a coronavirus infection, his government said on Monday.


The 48-year-old had tested positive for the coronavirus at the end of June following an EU summit in Brussels, reported dpa international.


The premier's blood oxygen levels are insufficiently low, according to a government statement.


"The prime minister's medical condition is considered serious, but stable," the press release said.

Medical personnel have decided to keep him under observation in hospital for two to four days, according to the statement. 


Bettel was hospitalized on Sunday. Initially, the hospital had planned to keep him under observation for 24 hours.

According to his spokesperson, Bettel at first had only mild symptoms such as fever and headache and wanted to continue his work from home.


At the summit, Bettel was in contact with a number of other European leaders. According to his own statements, he has received one coronavirus vaccine dose. Media reported that he had received an AstraZeneca shot.


For the time being, Luxembourg's Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna is in charge of government affairs. Bettel has served as prime minister since December 2013.