Dutch minister quits after coronavirus debate collapse

21 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

THE HAGUE: The Dutch medical care minister resigned on Thursday after collapsing from what he said was exhaustion during a debate in parliament on the coronavirus outbreak, reports AFP. 

Bruno Bruins, whose responsibilities included dealing with the pandemic, fainted while standing at a lectern in parliament on Wednesday night and had to be helped to his feet. 

“The king has granted this resignation in the most honourable manner... with gratitude for the many and important services rendered” by Bruins, said a royal palace statement. Bruins had said on Wednesday that he had “suffered from faintness from exhaustion and intensive weeks”, but that he was feeling better and would return to work.