Monday 21 September 2020

Dutch health minister, charged with tackling coronavirus, resigns after collapse

Bruno Bruins addressing MPs before he collapsed. Photo: Phil Nijhuis via HH

Dutch health minister Bruno Bruins, who is responsible for tackling coronavirus, has resigned.

Bruins collapsed in parliament on Wednesday night during a debate on the government’s handling of the crisis and said later that he was exhausted and needed to rest overnight at home.

The state information service did not give a reason for his resignation in a press release, but insiders say his departure is unexpected.

Hugo de Jonge, Bruin’s colleague at the ministry who has responsibility for welfare and sport, is taking over his role while a new health minister is appointed.

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