Belgian Girl Becomes Europe’s Youngest CCP Virus Victim: Media

March 31, 2020 Updated: March 31, 2020

BRUSSELS—A 12-year-old girl died in Belgium of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, a spokesman for the health ministry said on Tuesday, and local media reported she was Europe’s youngest victim of the disease.

“It is a rare event but one that devastates us,” virologist Emmanuel Andre told Belgium’s official daily news conference on the spread of disease.

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Covid-19 inter-federal spokesman Emmanuel Andre pictured during a press conference of the UNamur university to present a new way of diagnosing the CCP virus on March 17, 2020 in Namur. (Bruno Fahy/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), an EU agency, has also recorded deaths in the age range of 10-19 years old in Spain but did not provide details.

While the COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by the virus has affected the elderly more, the girl’s condition deteriorated after three days of fever, Belgian officials said.

The officials did not provide details on whether or not she had any previous medical conditions at the time.

Overall, Belgium’s death toll rose by 98 to a total of 705 people on Tuesday.

The country reported 876 new cases of the CCP virus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 12,775.

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A volunteer walks at a temporary Doctors Without Borders (MSF) 50 places shelter for homeless people suspected of being infected with the CCP virus, causing the COVID-19 illness, in Brussels, Belgium, on March 30, 2020. (Didier Lebrun/BELGA/AFP/Getty Images)

Some 4,920 people were hospitalized, meaning around half of the medical services’ capacity was taken up by the CCP virus.

Belgium expects the spread of the virus to peak in the coming days and weeks.

By Marine Strauss

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.