Merkel goes into quarantine after meeting with virus-infected doctor

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Geman Chancellor Angela Merkel announces on Sunday, March 22, 2020, tough new measures to ban outdoor meetings of more than two people due to the coronavirus outbreak. /Reuters
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel went into quarantine on Sunday after being informed that a doctor who administered a vaccine to her tested positive for the coronavirus. The news came as Germany introduced strong new measures to slow the spead of the virus.

Merkel’s spokesman said the chancellor was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference announcing the new curbs.

The spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Merkel had received a precautionary vaccine Friday against pneumococcal infection.

He said in a statement that Merkel, 65, would undergo “regular tests” in the coming days and continue with her work from home for the time being.

During her news conference, Merkel announced, among other things, a ban on outdoor meetings of two or more people.

“The great aim is to gain time in the fight against the virus,” Chancellor Angela Merkel told a press briefing.

For at least the next two weeks, people will not be allowed to form groups of more than two in public unless they live together in the same household or the gathering is work-related, she added.

As part of a bundle of stricter rules, restaurants can only offer takeaway services, and hairdressers and beauty, massage and tattoo parlours must close.

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