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EU chief leaves summit to go into quarantine

European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen tested negative for COVID-19 but as a precaution, she forced to leave the EU summit on Thursday to go into self-isolation after one of her close staffers tested positive

AP , Thursday 15 Oct 2020
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 (Photo: AP)
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European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen was forced to leave an EU summit Thursday shortly after it opened because one of her close staffers tested positive for COVID-19.

She said that she herself tested negative but "as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation.''

Von der Leyen had already been mingling with other EU leaders ahead of the formal opening of the two-day summit. Organizers had taken special precaution to keep leaders apart and make sure they respect all health regulations.

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