Angela Merkel’s first coronavirus test result is negative

By Judith Mischke
Politico

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first coronavirus test came back negative, her spokesperson said on Monday.

"The test result of today's test is negative," Germany's government spokesperson Steffen Seibert told the German press agency DPA in Berlin. "Further tests will be carried out in the next few days."

A single negative test result does not necessarily mean a person is not carrying the virus, as the specimen might have been collected at a very early stage of the infection.

The German chancellor is currently working from home in self-isolation after being informed late Sunday that a doctor who gave her a pneumococcal vaccination last Friday tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

As of Monday, Germany registered 22,672 confirmed cases and 86 deaths, according to the country's Robert Koch Institute.

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