German Chancellor Angela Merkel Now in Quarantine After Her Doctor Tests Positive for Coronavirus
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is self-quarantining herself after a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for coronavirus.
The German government is making it clear that Merkel is doing this as a precaution and hasn’t been diagnosed with coronavirus at the present time.
“The great aim is to gain time in the fight against the virus,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a press briefing on Sunday.
Germany currently has more than 23,000 of its citizens who have been afflicted by coronavirus. At least 92 people have died from coronavirus in Germany. They have had to shut down the border with France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
High-profile government leaders are showing that they are not insulated from the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced his positive test in a social media post on Sunday:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the latest public official to have tested positive for the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus, his campaign has announced on social media.
“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person,” Paul’s campaign wrote in a social media post.
“He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Paul,” they added.
Last week, it was announced that Reps. Ben McAdams (D-UT) and Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) had tested positive for the virus. Paul is the first U.S. Senator to test positive as the cases continue to skyrocket…
Lawmakers are calling for remote voting during the crisis in order to stop the coronavirus pandemic from striking more of the nation’s elite.
“We are undermining our unified bipartisan message to the American people when we come together in the crowded House floor to vote,” wrote a bipartisan group of U.S. House Reps in a letter to congressional leaders.
“The image of over 430 members and approximately 100 staffers clustered together on the House floor during votes is inconsistent with public health guidance from public health officials,” they added.
Merkel will not likely be the last prominent public official to be forced to quarantine as the coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of slowing.