@vonderleyen·I have just been informed that a member of my front office has tested positive to COVID-19 this morning. I myself have tested negative. However as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation.
European Union chief self-isolates as virus makes its mark at a summit
BRUSSELS. EU chief forced into quarantine shortly after summit starts. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday she will self-isolate after a top aide tested positive for the coronavirus, leaving an EU summit in Belgium shortly after it opened,
“I myself have tested negative,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, a doctor by training, tweeted
As a renewed wave of the coronavirus sweeps across much of Europe, the reality of the disease struck a summit of European Union leaders on October 15 when one of the 27-nation bloc’s top officials abandoned the meeting to go into self-imposed quarantine.
EU leaders made the decision to meet in person with distancing measures, saying video conferences would not be sufficient for diplomatic discussions.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was among those expressing reservations about the decision, telling Danish reporters, “This summit should be held as a video conference. I have on several occasions proposed holding video conferences instead of meeting in person.”
Frederiksen acknowledged that there were some meetings that would benefit from being held in person, but said they should be weighed on a case-by-case basis.