|Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg and Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes have both tested positive for COVID-19, they announced separately on Saturday. (Photo by= Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/AP/ Picture-alliance)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] The foreign ministers of Austria and Belgium have tested positive for coronavirus after a meeting with EU colleagues earlier this week, raising concerns that the gathering may have been a "super-spreader" event.
Austria's Alexander Schallenberg and Belgium's Sophie Wilmes sat next to each other during a group breakfast at the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday in Luxembourg, a spokeswoman for Austria's Foreign Ministry said."It is suspected that Schallenberg might have been infected at the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Monday," the spokeswoman said, adding that he did not have symptoms and had been tested as a routine measure. Wilmes said on Saturday she had tested positive for COVID-19, a day after going into self-isolation with suspected symptoms of the illness.
"Contamination probably occurred within my family circle given the precautions taken outside my home," she said on Twitter, without saying when she might have become infected. Schallenberg also attended a cabinet meeting on Wednesday but cabinet members wore face masks, she added. "As a precautionary measure all members of the government will be tested on Saturday," the spokeswoman said. Austria's cabinet had a scare less than two weeks ago when a close colleague of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was confirmed to have the virus.