German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Merkel in quarantine after doctor tests positive for coronavirus

The 65-year-old German chancellor is in isolation after being informed a doctor who recently administred a precautionary vaccine to her has been infected with COVID-19; as of Saturday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen to 16,662

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Published: 03.22.20 , 20:07
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 new coronavirus.
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  • 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.
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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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    Her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Merkel had received a precautionary vaccine Friday against pneumococcal infection.
    Seibert said in a statement that Merkel, 65, would undergo "regular tests" in the coming days and continue with her work from home for the time being.
    Merkel had earlier expressed her gratitude to Germans who were following the rules on social distancing, saying it was important to remain at least 1.5 meters (about five feet) apart to reduce the likelihood of infection.
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    Empty streets of German city of Munich
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    As of Saturday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen by 2,705 within a day to reach 16,662, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said on Saturda.
    It said a total of 47 people had died after testing positive, an increase of 16 from a tally of 31 published on Friday.
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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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