Thomas Seitz calls masks a “burqa for everyone”. In the Bundestag he appeared with a cleaning cloth covering his face. Now the AfD man is in a clinic. Covid-19 diagnosis.

A month ago, Thomas Seitz caused outrage in the Bundestag with a perforated mask and was reprimanded for it. Now the AfD Member of Parliament is himself sick with Covid-19 – and so bad that he must be treated in hospital.

His office confirmed the diagnosis on Thursday. “The prognosis for a speedy recovery is favorable according to information from the treating physicians,” said a statement. The 53-year-old thanked hospital staff in his hometown of Lahr in the Black Forest for their efforts. The “Lahrer Zeitung” initially reported on the disease.

The fact that the Bundestag member is being hospitalized indicates a more serious illness. However, his spokesperson initially told the newspaper that it was just “the flu”. According to the report, Seitz would have officially reported sick to the Bundestag.

Seitz on masks: “Burqa for everyone”

That of all the people Seitz, who has repeatedly downplayed the danger posed by Corona, is now sick with Covid-19, is not without some irony. At an event of his party in Ringsheim in late September, he said the disease appears in the statistics, but not in reality. The crisis management and the face masks are nonsensical.

Seitz worked regularly on mouth and nose protection in particular. He once called masks “Burqa for everyone,” which merely simulated protection. In the Bundestag he caused a stir in mid-November when he stepped onto the lectern wearing a clearly perforated mouth and nose mask. After his lecture, Bundestag Vice-President Claudia Roth delayed him and forbade Seitz to return to his seat with his “hole cloth”.

Roth eventually handed him an FFP2 mask, which she removed from a sterile package using a pen. Seitz complained of a “muzzle,” after which Roth threatened to pay a fine. A mask requirement has been in force in the Bundestag since 6 October.

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