Austrian Health Minister resigns exhausted from pandemic


Vienna — Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anchover of the Greens, a junior partner of the conservative-led coalition, resigned on Tuesday in a fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and occasionally other officials, exhausted and ill. Said that it has become.

“I … I don’t want to break myself,” Anshover said in a brief notice to the media, explaining the blood pressure problem that caused him to take two sick leave recently.

Anschober, a 60-year-old former journalist and school teacher, is one of the country’s most popular politicians and is known for his long and patient explanations of pandemic challenges.

He was often the lonely voice of the Austrian government demanding stricter blockades, clashing with conservative opposition from Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, who was keen to ease restrictions.

Anshover said he hasn’t had a day off for more than a year and is hurting his health.

“I took on a very nice and rewarding job 15 months ago. It feels like it’s been 15 years instead of 15 months,” said Anschober. He began when the coalition was formed in January 2020, before the pandemic struck Austria.

Werner Kogler and Wolfgang Mukstein
Austria’s Deputy Prime Minister Werner Kogler and Minister of Health Wolfgang Mukstein will attend a press conference in Vienna, Austria, on April 13, 2021. (LeonhardFoeger / Reuters)

Deputy Prime Minister Werner Kogler, the leader of the Greens, added that shortly after Anchover’s announcement, he would introduce doctor Wolfgang Mukstein as his successor and swear on Monday.

“We all want to help get through the pandemic together as much as possible,” Mukstein, a relatively unknown general practitioner working at the Vienna Medical Association, said at a news conference.