Preformer Conner Rousseau (sp.a) also goes into isolation, after it became known on Tuesday that his colleague Egbert Lachaert (Open Vld) has been infected with Covid-19. The sp.a chairman initially did not intend to do so, because he tested negative for the virus.
Following news of the Lachaert infection, Rousseau said he had “just tested negative” and would be retested in two days. “In the meantime, I can continue my work, with all precautions. The other chairmen are also being tested. We will continue to work with anyone who tests negative, “he said. Joachim Coens (CD&V) and Meyrem Almaci (Groen), among others, were immediately tested.
Only in this way Rousseau interpreted the corona rules in a free way. According to Sciensano’s guidelines, the sp.a chairman has to go into quarantine for two weeks because he had a “high-risk contact” with Lachaert. That actually also applies to the other party chairmen present. “People who attended meetings, but kept their distance or wore a mouth mask, may not have to be quarantined, but it is up to the health inspector to make that decision,” virologist Steven Van Gucht told VRT NWS and Het Nieuwsblad.
The announced test in two days also comes too early for Rousseau. “In principle, the second test should take place on the ninth day of the quarantine period. If it is negative again, the isolation can be shortened, “Van Gucht continues.
Ultimately, Conner Rousseau announced in a video message and on Instagram that he himself will also be quarantined and the formation will be continued entirely via digital channels. “We want to move forward with the country and at the same time we don’t want to take any risks. That is why we continue to work very hard, but remotely via video call, “concluded kingconnah.