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Austria’s health minister resigns.

Image Credit: © Bundeskanzleramt (BKA) / Andy Wenzel

On Tuesday, Austrian health minister Rudolf Anschober, 60, has resigned, after he said that he cannot continue his job helping the country in combating the coronavirus due to personal health problems.

Mr. Anschober held the position since January of last year when the party he is in, the Green party, partnered in a governing coalition under conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

The ex-health minister suffered a burnout nine years ago, and just last month he suffered from two episodes of sudden fatigue, high blood pressure and tinnitus. The pressure brought about by the coronavirus pandemic became unbearable for the health minister due to health problems.

In the most serious health crisis for decades, the republic needs a health minister who is 100% fit. I am not at the moment, and I won’t be in the coming weeks if I don’t pull the emergency brake.This pandemic takes no breaks and so a health minister can’t take a break either.

Ex-health minister Rudolf Anschober.

Mr. Anschober also said that his country, which was one of the first that implemented the use of masks compulsory, did good work on combating the virus.

On the whole, I think we have done good work. In a pandemic, no one is free of mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. … We were in uncharted territory.

Ex-health minister Rudolf Anschober.

Until the announcement of a successor, the Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler will carry out Mr. Anschober’s duties.

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