German chancellor goes into self-quarantine

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine, after a doctor who administered a pneumococcal vaccine to her on Friday has tested positive for coronavirus.

Merkel was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference on Sunday announcing new measures to curb the spread of the virus. She immediately decided to quarantine herself in her home.

Her spokesman Steffen Seibert stated that the chancellor would undergo “regular tests” in the coming days and will continue her full workload from her quarantine.

Her decision to self-quarantine comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate across Europe.

Earlier on Sunday, Germany banned public meetings of more than two people. “The great aim is to gain time in the fight against the virus,” Merkel said.


The day before, Merkel was spotted at a local supermarket, filling her shopping cart with a variety of goods including toilet paper, some shower gel, and several bottles of wine.