German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 65, has gone into quarantine. This occurred after she was informed that a doctor who administered to her a vaccine against pneumococcal infection has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
“My life has also fundamentally changed and now consists largely of phone calls and video conferences,” she said. Merkel would undergo “regular tests” in the coming days and continue with her work from home for the time. Merkel on Sunday thanked “the overwhelming majority” of Germans who were following rules on social distancing. “I know that it means sacrifice,” she said, citing the economic and social costs that the lockdown is having. Angela Merkel has warned as much as 70% of the population will be infected with coronavirus. “The process has to be focused on not overburdening the health system by slowing the virus’s spread … It’s about winning time,” she said.
Germany has confirmed two deaths and almost 1,300 infections. More than 23,000 people tested positive. The country has banned meetings of more than two people in public for the next two weeks to contain the spreading virus. It has effectively closed its borders temporarily with France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg. The coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate across Europe.