Dutch Politician Collapses in Parliament During a Debate About COVID-19

A debate on the coronavirus pandemic in the Dutch Parliament in The Hague was adjourned midsession on March 18 when Bruno Bruins, a minister for the government’s health department, collapsed while standing at a podium.

Bruins is the Minister for Medical Care, meaning he is one of the government ministers taking the lead in the country’s fight against COVID-19. He was helped to his feet by parliamentary ushers and government colleagues before he exited the hall. The debate was then suspended until later in the evening.

The politician tweeted afterward to say that exhaustion was to blame, after a series of “intensive weeks” responding to the outbreak of the virus.

Bruins fell to the floor while Geert Wilders, the leader of the right-wing populist Dutch Freedom Party was speaking. Wilders later tweeted to Bruins, wishing him a speedy recovery and advising him to get a good rest. Credit: Tweede Kamer via Storyful