New Delhi: In a major development, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had gone into self quarantine after coming into contact with a coronavirus positive doctor, has tested negative for the deadly infection, a German official has said. Also Read - COVID-19: Angela Merkel Goes For Self-quarantine After Meeting Virus-infected Doctor
However, the 65-year-old, who is currently in her fourth term as her country’s Chancellor, will be tested repeatedly over the next few days. Earlier on Friday, she had received a vaccine shot against a pneumonia-causing virus; however, she went into self isolation on Sunday after it was learnt that the doctor had tested positive for coronavirus. Also Read - 'Coronavirus Could Infect 70% of Germans,' Warns Angela Merkel as Country Reports Third Death
Before entering quarantine on Sunday, Merkel had announced a series of measures in a bid to contain the spread of pandemic in Germany. These included, among others, a ban on public meetings of more than two people.
Earlier today, speaking to media, her Chief of Staff Helge Braun had said that the Chancellor, had, in fact, had only a brief contact with the doctor.
Earlier, several world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro, too, tested negative for the infection. However, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez had to go into quarantine after their respective spouses tested positive for COVID-19.