German Chancellor Angel Merkel has decided to self-quarantine after a doctor who recently administered her a vaccine tested positive for the corona virus, underscoring how world leaders are coming into close proximity to the virus.
- Steffen Seibert, a German government spokesman, said Sunday that Merkel will self-isolate in her home and receive regular Covid-19 tests in the coming days.
- Merkel came into contact with a doctor who gave her a precautionary pneumococcal vaccine on Friday and later tested positive, Seibert said.
She will continue to conduct her normal duties as chancellor from home.
- Merkel was informed of her doctor’s diagnosis moments after she gave a press conference announcing more aggressive restrictions on German life to combat the virus, including banning all public gatherings of two or more people unless they live together or it is essential work-related.
The corona virus is spreading rapidly outside of China, where the first cases of the virus were reported. Italy is experiencing the worst outbreak in Europe, but France, Spain and Germany have seen a sharp uptick in cases in recent days. With 23,974 cases, Germany has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world