‘I go for a kebab and a beer’: Belgian coronavirus quarantine patient reveals the first thing he intends to do, take a drink and a takeaway when he is released
- Philip Soubry left the Saint Peter’s Hospital in Brussels after a two-week stay
- He did not show any symptoms of the virus or felt sick during his quarantine
- 54-year-old tested positive after returning to an evacuation flight from Wuhan
The only coronavirus patient in Belgium said he “went for a kebab and a beer” after being released from quarantine.
Philip Soubry left the Saint-Pierre hospital in Brussels after having tested negative for the virus for two consecutive days.
The 54-year-old patient did not show any symptoms of the virus in the hospital and did not feel sick, according to the Flemish broadcaster VRT.
When he left the hospital with a suitcase on Saturday evening, he said he was “extremely relieved” and that he would celebrate it with a pint, a takeaway and a visit to his parents.
Philip Soubry (photo) left the Saint-Pierre hospital in Brussels after having tested negative for the virus for two consecutive days
“After two weeks in such a small room, I am very relieved. It was very difficult, “Mr. Soubry told journalists outside the hospital.
“First I will say hello to my parents in Gullegem and then I will drink a pint and eat a kebab,” he said.
“I have been looking forward to that for a long time. Because I was really fed up with the food in the hospital. ”
Soubry was one of nine Belgians who were flown home on a rescue flight from Wuhan, the city in the middle of the outbreak.
All nine had a series of tests in a military hospital when they returned, but Mr. Soubry was the only one who tested positive.
The other eight were kept under observation in the military hospital and were due to leave during the weekend.
The Belgian case caused some unrest in Britain after it appeared that the patient had traveled on the same flight as British citizens returning from China.
The Belgian health agency said the patient was on board the flight back to France, which carried passengers from 30 other countries.
The hospital in Brussels where the 54-year-old patient was kept in quarantine after having tested positive for the virus two weeks ago
World health employers recommend a 14-day isolation period for anyone who may have been in contact with a virus patient.
Drug makers are racing to develop a vaccine and treatment for the epidemic.
The death toll today rose to 1,770 after 105 more people died, the Chinese National Health Commission said.
More than 70,500 have now been nationally infected with the virus, which first emerged in December in central Hubei before spreading across the country.
Outside of China, the largest cluster of infections comes from the Diamond Princess cruise ship for the Japanese Yokohama, where another 99 cases were revealed on Monday.
That brought the total to 454 diagnosed, despite the fact that passengers were locked up in their cabin during a 14-day quarantine.