ANTI-MASK German MP, Thomas Seitz, has been admitted to hospital in a serious condition with coronavirus.
Seitz, 53, a politician with the far right Alternative for Germany party, called the mask a “muzzle” and is a known denier.
Last month he refused to wear a normal mask in parliament and instead took a crocheted one out of his pocket to put on.
“I ask you please to put on a mask,” demanded the vice president of parliament, Claudia Roth. He refused and took out a perforated one. The deputy’s attitude angered Vice President Roth, who gave him a new mask. “It has holes in it, it is not a mask,” she warned, passing him a new mask with a pen.
“I already have a muzzle,” the deputy answered. “This is not a muzzle, it is a mask,” Roth replied, annoyed by the deputy’s behaviour.
According to his doctors, Seitz is expected to make a speedy recovery, the German press reported.
The far-right party has vocally opposed measures including mask-wearing or social contact restrictions put in place by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Germany went into partial lockdown from Wednesday, with non-essential shops and schools shut.
Yesterday, Thursday, December 18, Germany reported another record in daily new infections, surpassing the 30,000 mark for the first time.
Germany has recorded a total of 24,125 deaths.
According to the German parliament, 23 of the 709 parliamentarians have been infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began in the country.
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