Dutch coalition talks halted after positive coronavirus test

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (AP) — Preliminary discussions to map out the contours of the next Dutch governing coalition ground to a halt yesterday after one of the two officials leading the talks tested positive for the coronavirus.

The government information service said that meetings planned for yesterday in the Netherlands were cancelled following the positive test result for Kajsa Ollongren, who is also caretaker Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the outgoing coalition.

Ollongren is the second member of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Cabinet to test positive this week, following state secretary for economic affairs and climate Mona Keijzer. Rutte, who oversaw a Cabinet meeting last Friday, has tested negative.

Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte. PHOTO: AP