Von der Leyen tests negative for COVID-19 after exposure to case in Portugal

Europe Update

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has tested negative for COVID-19, her spokesman has said.

It came after the leader said on Monday morning she would self-isolate until Tuesday after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

She “will nevertheless observe self-isolation until tomorrow end-of-day as foreseen by health safety regulations,” chief spokesperson Eric Mamer wrote on Twitter.

Tuesday marks seven days from her contact with the case of COVID-19.

The EU chief said in her tweet that she had received a negative result last Thursday as well.

She is not experiencing any virus symptoms for the moment, a spokesperson had said, but she will not be able to attend the European Parliament plenary.

The leader was last week in Lisbon for meetings with top Portuguese officials during which she had contact with a confirmed case. She learned of the contact late Sunday night, Mamer said at a press conference.

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