Belgian Prime Minister De Croo briefly knocked out in bike fall

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  • Sunday, 04 Jun 2023

FILE PHOTO: Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo arrives for a European Union leaders' summit in Brussels, Belgium December 15, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo fell from a bicycle and briefly lost consciousness but hospital tests revealed no lasting effects, national news agency Belga reported.

The incident happened when De Croo, 47, was on a bike ride with his son late on Saturday afternoon near his home in the Flanders region, according to Belga, citing the prime minister's office.

De Croo lost consciousness for a few moments and was taken to hospital for checks, Belga reported.

In a video message posted on social media on Sunday, De Croo said he was now back home.

"Fortunately, I was wearing a helmet and my son called the emergency services," said De Croo, who thanked medical staff for looking after him and well-wishers for getting in touch.

"Sport is good for your health. But sometimes you have to be a little careful," he said.

The accident was not expected to affect the premier's schedule for the coming week, Belga said.

(Reporting by Andrew Gray; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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