Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is in self-isolation, after she was informed having been in contact with a person who tested COVID-19 positive.
“I’ve been informed that I participated in a meeting last Tuesday attended by a person who yesterday tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with regulations in force, I’m therefore self-isolating until tomorrow morning. I’ve tested negative on Thursday and I am tested again today”, von der Leyen tweeted on Monday morning (5 October).
Von der Leyen was last Tuesday in Portugal, where she delivered a speech with the Champalimaud Foundation is dedicated to research and clinical applications in biomedical science, met the country’s President and Prime Minister, as well as other officials.
In the meantime von der Leyen attended the EU summit on 1 and 2 October with the physical presence of the heads of state and government of the 27 EU members. She also held several bilateral meetings with some of them.
However, if her new test proves negative, none of them should have a reason to worry.
Von der Leyen works and lives in the Berlaymont building, which in the last months is almost empty from civil servants, as the vast majority of them work from home.
According to calendar, von der Leyen has on Monday only a videoconference call with Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.