The German chancellor was in contact, on Friday, with a doctor who tested positive for the new coronavirus and “decided to be quarantined immediately”, announced on Sunday, the spokesman of the German Government.
Angela Merkel was "told that a doctor who had given her a pneumococcal infection vaccine on Friday afternoon was positive" for the new coronavirus, Steffen Seibert said in a statement.
The 65-year-old German chancellor “will be tested in the next few days” to see if she has been infected, the spokesman said, adding that “she will continue her official quarantined activities at home” in Berlin.
Prior to the announcement of its quarantine, Merkel, who has been in charge of the German Government since 2005, had come up with new measures to contain the Covid-19 epidemic, including a ban on gathering more than two people and the closure of all restaurants in the country.
"All contacts must be kept to a minimum," Merkel stressed to the press, warning that parties or other types of socializing are "absolutely unacceptable".
Germans can go out with someone else, but if it is a household, the number of people can be increased. Besides, it is still possible to go “to work or to the doctor”, informed the German leader, as well as to practice outdoor sports individually.
However, there was no green light from today's meeting to extend mandatory confinement to the population on a national scale, a system that is already in place in Bavaria and other German states with a high number of infected people, but which faces opposition from other states. federated, less affected by the new coronavirus.
Germany has 18,610 cases of the new coronavirus and 55 fatalities, according to the official website of the Robert Koch Institute, an entity responsible for disease prevention and control.
The country saw an increase of 1948 cases over the previous day, with the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg being the most affected.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 308,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 13,400 have died.
After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation.
The European continent is the one where the highest number of cases is currently emerging, with Italy being the country in the world with the highest number of fatalities, with 4,825 dead in 53,578 cases.