Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 last week. local media have reported, citing a statement from his office.
Multiple outputs Bettel, 48, went to the hospital as a precaution on Sunday morning. Unless the doctors told him otherwise, he had to spend 24 hours in observation while “additional tests and analyzes” were carried out. There was no immediate report on his condition.
Bettel tested positive for coronavirus and began self-isolating for 10 days on June 27, two days after attending a European Council meeting in Brussels with other EU national leaders. You received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on May 6.
Hey what reported at that time have mild symptoms, including a high fever and headache. A council official said other leaders were not considered to be at risk because physical distancing rules were observed and masks were worn.
Luxembourg, which has a population of 630,000, has seen a rapid increase in Covid infections in the past 10 days, with 136 people testing positive on Saturday, a number last recorded in the country in mid-May.
Bettel, the first openly gay prime minister of Luxembourg, and the third in Europe, played a prominent role at the summit amid strong criticism of a new law in Hungary that bans materials seen to promote homosexuality or gender change. in the schools.
Bettel, a former TV host who is a staunch advocate for gay rights and who sometimes travels with her husband on official state visits, was reported to have made a “very emotional” call for the EU to act on the law. , leaving “few dry eyes in the room”.
He said before the summit that he intended to challenge Hungary’s hardline Prime Minister Viktor Orbán during the meeting. “To be blamed at the national level, to be considered abnormal, to be considered a danger to young people, is not realizing that being gay is not an option,” Bettel said.
But being intolerant is a choice. I would continue to be intolerant of intolerance and this would be my fight today… I am going to tell you that what you are doing in your country is intolerant and that being gay is not a choice. “
The EU is pressuring Orbán to repeal the law and threatened legal action against Budapest for violating fundamental democratic rules. Bettel acknowledged her own experience in accepting her sexuality.
Combining homosexuality with pedophilia or pornography was wrong, Bettel said, as was stigmatizing people, adding wryly that the fact that he was gay posed no danger to anyone.
“I didn’t get up one morning after seeing a brand ad on television… This is not how life works. It’s in me, I didn’t choose it. And accepting yourself is quite difficult, so being stigmatized too, that’s too much. “