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Bodyguards infected – Steinmeier in quarantine
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Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been in quarantine since Saturday. Because a bodyguard for the Federal President tested positive for the corona virus. The result of Steinmeier’s first test was negative.
NAfter the positive corona test by a bodyguard, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier went into quarantine on Saturday. As a spokeswoman for the Office of the Federal President announced, the head of state has now subjected himself to a corona test. The first result was negative. The bodyguard from the command of the Federal Criminal Police Office is a first-degree contact person.
Steinmeier actually wanted to give the laudation at the award ceremony of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche this Sunday. The winner is the Indian economist, philosopher and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. According to the Federal President’s Office, the award ceremony will take place anyway, and Steinmeier’s speech will be read by actor Burghart Klaußner. Because of the corona pandemic, Sen does not accept the award personally, but is switched on live from the USA.
At the end of March, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) also went into quarantine at home for almost two weeks as a precaution because she had been vaccinated by a doctor who was found to be infected with the coronavirus shortly afterwards. During this time, she had three corona tests done, but they were all negative. She did not interrupt her government work while she was at home. She chaired cabinet meetings and held press conferences over the phone.
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Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) and Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) also temporarily isolated themselves at the end of September. At Maas, one of his bodyguards was also infected with the virus. Altmaier went into quarantine as a precaution because an employee of an EU minister who was present with him at a meeting of the EU trade ministers in Berlin had tested positive.
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