Bodyguards infected: Steinmeier goes into quarantine


At the end of March, Chancellor Merkel went into quarantine as a precaution – now the Federal President is also affected. A first-degree contact person has tested positive for the coronavirus. Frank-Walter Steinmeier immediately submitted to a test. The result is now clear.

After the positive corona test by a bodyguard, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier went into quarantine. The bodyguard from the command of the Federal Criminal Police Office is a first-degree contact person, as a spokeswoman for the Office of the Federal President announced. The head of state has now subjected himself to a test. “The first test result is negative,” said the spokeswoman a short time later. The Federal President remains in quarantine.

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 Klau├čner. Because of the pandemic, Sen does not accept the award personally, but is switched on live from the USA.

At the end of March, Chancellor Angela Merkel had also gone 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 corona virus shortly afterwards. During this time she had three tests done, but all of them were negative. She did not interrupt her government work while she was at home. She chaired cabinet meetings and held press conferences over the phone.

At the end of September, Economics Minister Peter Altmaier and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had also temporarily isolated. 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. At Maas, one of his bodyguards was also infected with the virus. He recently escaped infection again. On Monday, Maas attended a meeting with his Austrian colleague Alexander Schallenberg in Luxembourg. According to his spokeswoman, Schallenberg may have been infected with the corona virus that day. According to a spokesman, Maas had “no close contact” with Schallenberg and was last tested negative.

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