German anti-mask MP in hospital with coronavirus

German anti-mask MP in hospital with coronavirus
Seitz in the Bundestag on October 30th. Photo: DPA
A lawmaker from Germany's far-right AfD party, who sparked furore for wearing a mask with holes to a Bundestag sitting, has been hospitalised because of the coronavirus, German media reported Thursday.

Thomas Seitz, 53, is “according to his doctors expected to make a swift recovery,” national news agency DPA reported, quoting a statement.

Seitz was in November threatened with a fine by deputy speaker of parliament Claudia Roth, when he took to the stand in the Bundestag wearing a mask with holes.

Roth offered him an FFP2 mask instead of his net-like mask, but Seitz had complained about the “muzzle”.

The far-right party has in recent months vocally opposed measures including mask-wearing or social contact limits put in place by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to halt transmission of the virus.

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AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland had accused her government of a “corona-dictatorship” while some AfD MPs have marched alongside demonstrators protesting the restrictive measures.

Nationwide, regions where the AfD attracted most support in the last elections were also reporting the highest rates of infections.

In the worst-hit Bautzen or Görlitz regions, where one in four people voted AfD, incidence rates are now at above 600 per 100,000 people — more than three times that of the national rate of 179.

German media also reported over the weekend that an AfD city councillor in the Saxony town of Böhlen, Harald Haenisch, succumbed to the virus after he was hospitalised and put on a ventilator.

While confirming his death, the town's mayor had declined to state the cause of the death.

Haenisch had demonstrated against coronavirus curbs, including at a large protest in Berlin that turned violent.

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Germany went into a partial lockdown from Wednesday, with non-essential shops and schools shut in the hopes of halting a surge in coronavirus infections.

On Thursday, Europe's biggest economy 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, up by about 700 in one day.

Member comments

  1. Throwing around analogies doesn’t provide a clear argument, Dennis, and saying that early research journal publication from the top medical expert in the U.S. is irrelevant because it’s old is simply ignorant.
    Where do you find out your superior advice on this topic, what are your sources of independant media?

  2. Sorry Arian, but you are somewhat mixing apples, oranges and rutabaga, not to mention cherry picking numbers, and citing them in isolation. Your NEJM article is from March 26, 2020… ancient history in regards to understanding coronavirus. So, thank you for the currently popular cliche advice (Don’t get confused by the media that you consume Dennis, question the facts & don’t just accept what your told without thinking about it critically.) when being unable to actually prove your statement. I’ll take it under advice.

  3. Oh no Dennis,I am not confused, I have all the facts at hand.
    Dr Fauci himself stated “that If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.“
    Don’t get confused by the media that you consume Dennis, question the facts & don’t just accept what your told without thinking about it critically.

  4. Adrian, I suppose one can take a simplistic view of statistics, assume a theme, and go away happy. However, that simplistic view falls far short of reality. To start, you are confusing Case Fatality Rate and Infection Fatality Rate. Good Luck. Stay safe. Wear a mask.

  5. A 53 year old man catches a deadly disease, & yet survives to makes a swift recovery. This seems to be a common theme. It doesn’t sound too deadly at all. In fact, the survival rate for under 80 y.o. & up is still at 98.8%.

  6. I hope the people who support these strange attitudes/party now respect that this disease is real, and behave in a way to protect everyone.

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