EU Council President Michel exits quarantine

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Charles Michel, the President of EU Council on Friday exited the precautionary quarantine after producing a second negative COVID-19 test.

The news was announced on Twitter by his spokesperson, Barend Leyts, who wrote that “the EUCO President today tested negative for COVID after a negative test on Monday.”

“The President is no longer in quarantine and continues preparing the special European Council of October 1 and 2,” Michel’s spokesperson added.

On Monday Michel decided to postponed the extraordinary summit on the Eastern Mediterranean, scheduled for September 24 and 25, after learning that a member of his security staff, with whom he was in close contact, had tested positive for COVID-19.

The summit, set to gather the EU27 leaders amid growing tensions between Athens and Ankara, was postponed to October 1 and 2.

During the week, several EU ministers went into precautionary quarantine, after coming in contact with a person infected with the virus.

The latest politician is Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, who is self-isolating since Wednesday, after he learned that an aide of another EU minister, had tested positive for COVID-19. Altmaier, who hosted in Berlin a meeting of the bloc’s trade ministers on Monday, is the second cabinet member to go into self-isolation, as the country’s Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas also said the same day he would self-isolate, after learning that a member of his security staff had contracted the virus.

Maas was in Brussels on Monday, for the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), along with the EU27 foreign ministers. His first test since learning of this was negative.

 



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