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German leader Merkel enters quarantine after contact with sick person

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine after being informed that a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Merkel’s spokesman says the German chancellor was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference Sunday announcing new measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, says Merkel had received a precautionary vaccine Friday against pneumococcal infection.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 5, 2020. (Jens Meyer/AP)

Seibert says in a statement that Merkel will undergo “regular tests” in the coming days and continue with her work from home for the time being.

— AP

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