Breaking:Coronavirus: German Chancellor, Angel Merkel, quarantined(See Test Result)

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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.