International Desk (Channel TT): German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been quarantined after a doctor who gave her a vaccine tested positive for the coronavirus, her spokesperson said Sunday.
Steffen Seibert, her spokesperson, said Merkel got a pneumococcal infection vaccine on Friday as a precautionary measure. On Sunday, she was informed that the doctor had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and she will now undergo regular testing herself.
Not long before Sunday's announcement, Merkel, 65, held a news conference to detail new restrictions meant to slow the spread of virus in Germany, including limiting public gatherings to two people.
As of Sunday evening local time, the results of Merkel's test had not come back, the spokesman said. She would continue her official duties from quarantine at home, he added.
On Thursday, Monaco announced that Prince Albert II tested positive for COVID-19, making him the first head of state to publicly announce he has the disease.
Italy Update: Coronavirus: Italian doctor at epicenter of outbreak warns the world to act now
An Italian doctor treating patients at the center of the worst coronavirus outbreak in Europe has issued a stark warning to other countries yet hit by the full force of the pandemic: lock down.
“We know what happens," Dr. Emanuela Catenacci told British broadcaster Sky News as she took a break from treating patients in an intensive care ward in the Cremona Hospital in Lombardy. "Don’t think it is happening here and it can’t happen everywhere else … because it will."
The death toll in Italy jumped by 793 to 4,825 on Saturday, by far the largest daily rise in absolute terms since the contagion emerged a month ago in this country. Last week, the number of those killed in Italy's outbreak surpassed those who died in China, where the disease first emerged late last year.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have also been tested, and their results were negative.