Thursday, March 19, 2020

Shocking moment exhausted Dutch Health Minister COLLAPSES in Parliament due to 'fatigue from intense weeks' fighting coronavirus crisis

The Dutch health minister collapsed yesterday in parliament because of 'fatigue from intense weeks' of working against the coronavirus crisis.

Bruno Bruins, 56, fell behind the speaker's lectern while taking questions and was helped up by fellow ministers. He took a sip of water and was seen leaving the room unassisted.

'I was feeling faint from fatigue and intense weeks. I am feeling better now. I am going home now to rest this evening so I can return tomorrow to fight the corona crisis,' he said in a message on social media.

Bruins is the top government health official in the Netherlands, where the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus rose by 346 on Wednesday to 2,051, with 58 deaths, the country's National Institute for Health (RIVM) said.

The Dutch government on Sunday ordered the closing of all schools, bars, restaurants, sex clubs and cannabis cafes in a bid to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

Queues quickly built up at 'coffee shops' where cannabis is sold after the announcement, which follows pressure on the government to follow the lead of other European countries.

'From tomorrow, March 16 until April 6, the coming three weeks, schools and day care centres will be closed except for those children whose parents are in vital jobs,' Education Minister Arie Slob said.