By James Wood For Mailonline
Published: 01:17 GMT, 4 March 2020 | Updated: 05:47 GMT, 4 March 2020
European lawmakers will allow Greta Thunberg to visit Brussels parliament despite a ban on guests over coronavirus fears.
The young activist will deliver a speech to MEPs in Brussels on Wednesday as the number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus continues to rise.
Conservative MEP Nuno Melo of Portugal was among those to criticise the move.
He asked, in a letter to parliament president David Sassoli, what justified an 'exception' when 'in matters of health risk, human beings are democratically equal'.
'How can we explain this to our visitors and guests', added Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans, a liberal, in another letter to Sassoli.
Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg speaks to demonstrators during a Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate march last week
'Everyone should be treated equally. If the European Parliament grants an exception to Greta Thunberg, this