COVID in the cabinet? Minister tests positive after meeting with all party leaders

This week, all 17 occasion leaders of the newly elected Dutch authorities met with the Minister of Inside Relations, Kajsa Ollongren, to debate the brand new formation of the Dutch cupboard. In the present day, Ollongren examined optimistic for coronavirus. 

The duty of organising the format of the brand new Dutch coalition isn’t any small one, particularly when there are 17 separate events concerned.

Minister Ollongren from D66, together with Jorritsma from the VVD, had been given the job of “scout”, which means that she was concerned within the technique of figuring out what the brand new Dutch cupboard will appear like.

With the intention to do that, Ollongren and Jorritsma met with all 17 occasion leaders — in particular person — for discussions all through the previous week. She was additionally current on the Council of Ministers final Friday.

Coronavirus rules adopted however nonetheless a threat

There had been some dialogue as as to whether the talks ought to be carried out in particular person, particularly as soon as the Outgoing State Secretary of Financial Affairs, Mona Keijzer, examined optimistic for coronavirus final week.

Minister for Well being, Hugo de Jonge, was additionally requested to stay at house for a number of days after voting final week. The general public have expressed annoyance on the cupboard’s continued insistence to not work remotely themselves.

Nevertheless, the choice was made to steer the coalition talks in particular person. Whereas the conferences had been held in accordance with coronavirus rules, concern stays because the conferences have been held behind closed doorways for greater than quarter-hour.

Political reporter, Fons Lambie, tells RTL Nieuws that each one occasion leaders are in danger. “They’ve been in the identical room for greater than fifteen minutes. Though at a distance and in compliance with the corona guidelines, all of the occasion leaders and half the cupboard have been close to her.”

Rutte exams unfavourable, talks placed on maintain

It isn’t identified the place Ollongren contracted COVID-19. Nevertheless, Prime Minister Rutte has had one more fortunate escape, based on RTL Nieuws, he has since examined unfavourable for the virus.

The talks have now been delayed as a brand new “scout” have to be discovered to switch Ollongren whereas she is gone for a minimum of the subsequent 10 days.

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