German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine after she heard that a doctor who gave her a vaccination on Friday has tested positive for coronavirus, Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert announced in a press statement on Sunday.
Merkel’s spokesman said the German chancellor was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference Sunday announcing new measures to curb the spread of the virus.
The spokesman also said that the chancellor will continuously be tested for coronavirus because a test at this early stage would not be reliable. Merkel will continue her full workload from her quarantine, Seibert added.
Earlier on Sunday, Germany implemented a “contact ban” rather than a full nationwide lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, Merkel said.
Merkel said in a press conference Sunday that the country would toughen measures and “reduce contact with people as much as possible.”
Germany is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world, with more than 23,000 people who have tested positive, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. At least 92 people have died from the virus in the country.
Europe is in a state of lockdown as the epicenter of the global pandemic has shifted from China to countries like Italy, Spain, Germany and France. These countries, the key economies in the EU, have closed all nonessential shops, bringing economic life on the continent to a standstill.