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Germany: Merkel on self-isolation over COVID-19 scare

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German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has gone on self-isolation and would quarantine herself at home after being treated by a doctor who has since tested positive for the novel coronavirus,  a government spokesman announced Sunday.

“The Chancellor has decided to quarantine herself immediately at home. 
“She will be tested regularly in the coming days… (and) fulfil her official business from home,” Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

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The doctor had visited Merkel Friday to vaccinate her against the pneumococcus bacteria.

During her 15-year term in office Merkel has largely enjoyed robust health, although she suffered repeated shaking spells in public appearances during a summer 2019 heatwave that were never fully explained.

In response to the tremors, she chose to sit on a chair when receiving guests with military honours outside the chancellor’s office in Berlin.

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Previously the veteran leader broke her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in 2014.
Merkel is in her 15th years as German Chancellor.

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