Merkel negative in 1st virus test; more to be done

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman says the German leader has tested negative for the new coronavirus

Spokesman Steffen Seibert told news agency dpa “the result of today's test is negative” but that “further tests will be conducted in the coming days.”

Merkel went into quarantine at home on Sunday evening after being informed that a doctor who had administered a vaccination to her had tested positive for the new coronavirus. She received the precautionary vaccination against pneumococcal infection on Friday.

On Monday, she led a Cabinet meeting by phone from home.