German Chancellor Angela Merkel self-isolates as doctor who vaccinated her tests positive with coronavirus
March 22, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine after being informed that a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Ms Merkel’s spokesman said she was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference on Sunday, in which she announced new measures to curb the spread of the virus including a ban on groups of more than two people congregating in public.
Her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Ms Merkel had received a precautionary vaccine on Friday against pneumococcal infection.
Mr Seibert said in a statement that Ms Merkel, 65, would undergo “regular tests” in the coming days and continue with her work from home for the time being.
Ms Merkel is not the first major world leader to have entered quarantine over the virus. Earlier this month Canada’s Justin Trudeau was quarantined after his wife tested positive for the virus.
It comes after Ms Merkel confirmed Germany would ban public meetings of more than two people as the nation works on slowing the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
The policy does not apply to those who live in the same household she noted, in the latest measure to limit passage of the virus that has infected more than 22,000 people in the country but only led to 84 deaths – a significantly lower rate than that seen in the rest of the world.
“The danger lies in the direct social interaction,” state premier Armin Laschet said, adding that the federal government and regional states had agreed on the stricter rules.
While announcing the policy Ms Merkel thanked “the overwhelming majority” of Germans following rules on social distancing. Moments later she confirmed she would be quarantined after a doctor who had given her a vaccination tested positive for the virus.
“I know that it means sacrifice,” she said, “I’m moved by the fact that so many are abiding by these rules. This way we show care for older and sick people, because the virus is most dangerous to them. In short: we are saving lives with this.”
Public spaces had already fallen quiet on Saturday after a number of states imposed quarantine measures and called on citizens to stay at home as part of a partial lockdown of the nation.