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Corona alarm after the BER opening – government in quarantine

There is a corona alarm in the Red Town Hall and the Potsdam State Chancellery! Brandenburg's Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (59, SPD) is sick with the virus. The day before the first symptoms, he met ministers and senators on Saturday at the opening of the BER airport.

The news was a shock! Brandenburg’s entire government immediately rushed to the corona test, then into quarantine.

Berlin’s ruling Michael Müller (54, SPD) left the Senate meeting and was tested. Like Woidke, he had spoken at BER, without a mask, but with a safe distance.

Like Woidke, Müller had taken off his face mask again to press the “start button” at BER.

“We made sure that the distance was maintained,” says airport boss Engelbert Lütke Daldrup (64), “We had a hygiene concept at the event.”

But then the 100 participants left their seats, talked and went in bulk through the airport to the duty-free market hall. After Woidke’s diagnosis, Lütke Daldrup and the bosses of Lufthansa and Easyjet as well as Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) also made corona tests.

The first rapid tests by Scheuer and Woidke’s ministers were negative on Tuesday. But until the results of the safe PCR test on Wednesday everyone has to stay at home, in quarantine! The head of government chaired the cabinet meeting on the phone.

“I am doing well under the circumstances,” said Woidke, “I have mild cold symptoms.” Not a word about the condition of his wife Susanne (53), with whom he had spent the Sunday. When and where Woidke was infected is unclear.

On Friday he took part in the state parliament session with around 80 members. Yesterday, when asked by B.Z., the AfD admitted that Parliament’s Vice-President Andreas Galau (52, AfD) has Corona. He was already missing on Friday. The right-wing extremists had previously unsuccessfully sued against the mask requirement.

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