German Chancellor Angela Merkel Is Now Under Quarantine

Posted: Mar 22, 2020 2:29 PM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel Is Now Under Quarantine

Source: Axel Schmidt/Pool Photo via AP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being quarantined after a doctor who gave her a vaccine tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.

According to the Associated Press, Merkel received a vaccine on Friday to prevent pneumococcal infection.

She was made aware of the doctor's positive test results on Sunday, shortly after she made an announcement banning meetings of more than two people for at least the next two weeks.

"Spending time in public space is only permitted on your own, with another person who does not live in the household or with members of your own household," the measure said, POLITICO reported. 

The goal is to help prevent the spread of the virus. It's the latest in a succession of orders. Merkel previously banned travelers from other countries in the European Union. 

"The great aim is to gain time in the fight against the virus,” Merkel said during Sunday's press briefing.

Merkel plans to immediately quarantine herself at home, where she will continue to conduct business as usual. She will also be tested frequently over the next few days, CNBC reported.

As of now, Germany has 24,714 cases and 92 deaths. Not only is the country the E.U.'s largest economy, but it is also one of the hardest-hit countries.