German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been quarantined after a doctor who gave her a vaccine tested positive for coronavirus.
Ms Merkel was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference Sunday about new measures to curb the spread of the virus, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
In a statement, Mr Seibert said the chancellor had received a precautionary vaccine Friday against pneumococcal infection.
He added the 65-year-old would work from home for the time being and undergo “regular tests” for COVID-19 in the coming days.
It comes as US Senator Rand Paul posted on twitter that he has tested positive for the illness- the first US senator to say they have caught it.
In the conference Ms Merkel held shortly before being told about the doctor’s diagnosis, she announced a nationwide ban on public meetings of more than two people outside of work.
Under the stricter rules, Ms Merkel announced restaurants will be restricted to takeaway.
She added that hairdressers – as well as beauty, massage and tattoo parlours – must close.
The chancellor expressed gratitude to Germans who were following the social distancing rule of staying at least 1.5 metres apart.
“Thank you. I know it means making sacrifices, both personal and economic,” Ms Merkel said.