Flemish Minister Matthias Diependaele positive for Covid-19

He must therefore observe a quarantine until next Monday, but will continue to work as much as possible digitally, he said.

According to the minister, the virus “grabbed him firmly”. “A thought for all those who are affected by this damn virus. We will get out of it. Without complaint, with the necessary Flemish resilience, and also a little Dafalgan”, he wrote.

His colleagues in the Flemish government have been informed, adds his cabinet. The regional executive was physically assembled on Friday for a council of ministers and a press conference. But the other ministers should not be quarantined, according to Mr Diependaele’s spokesperson, as they were far enough apart during the meeting. The minister forwarded the names of his contacts to “contact tracing”. Minister-President Jan Jambon has already indicated that he has received a negative test.

The rules are also observed within the Diependaele cabinet. A large part of the employees were teleworking last week.

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