Doctor Antoine Sassine reacts with members of the medical staff who took care of him, at Chirec Delta Hospital in Brussels on Saturday. Reuters
"I was seeing my end," Antoine Sassine said from his room at Brussels' Delta Chirec hospital, where he used to work. "I thought I was going to die and would never wake up."
The 58-year-old and his team were all diagnosed at the hospital and he was admitted to the intensive care unit when his symptoms worsened.
Sassine was placed in an induced coma, but says he was aware of his desire to fight the disease and that he also had visions of his late father.
Describing the experience as "incredible," Sassine, who was moved out of intensive care on Tuesday, said: "I saw my father, who died four years ago. I spoke with him."
"My greatest joy was when I woke up and saw the faces of my friends, it was indescribable."
Now he is looking forward to hugging his family, who he has not seen since he was diagnosed, and recuperating at home.
Belgium has reported 38,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5,683 deaths.
But as governments lift restrictions to boost their stagnant economies, there have been widespread fears of a second wave of infections that could plunge the world back into lockdown.
Alphabet’s Google published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to rein in the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
More than 8.53 million people have been reported infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 453,834 have died, a Reuters tally showed as of 1326 GMT on Friday.
Gulf visitors are highly valuable to the UK economy, with over 790,000 Gulf visitors spending £2 billion during their stays in the UK last year.
The Togliatti-Odesa pipeline transporting toxic ammonia was destroyed in a blast.
The UAE expressed its sincere condolences and sympathy to the government and people of the French Republic and to the families of the victims of this heinous crime, as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured.