Covid-19: European Commission President Quarantines

Elias Hubbard
October 17, 2020

Organisers had taken special precaution to keep leaders apart and make sure they respect all health regulations.

Through her Twitter account, the German politician said that an initial test ruled out her infection, but she must comply with the quarantine and undergo further medical tests. "However as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation", she tweeted.

Despite the rising numbers across the 27-nation bloc, European Union leaders still chose to meet in person for the summit, arguing that video conferences were just too remote to have real diplomatic exchanges.

Not all were in favour though. Some have been postponed and some held by video-conference, but they returned to in-person summits over the summer as infection rates eased.

The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki didn't come to the summit, reportedly on self-isolation after being in contact with a contaminated person. "We're on the verge of actually finalizing the agreement on those points, but there are other areas where there aren't just question marks, but real differences, and then three subject areas where the gap is too big at the moment", he said.

This week's summit might well be the last in-person meeting for a while if the coronavirus situation continues to deteriorate.

While the European Parliament pushes for an even greater 60 % reduction in emissions, some eastern EU countries that depends on coal for much of their energy needs are less enthusiastic.

A spokesperson for the European Council President Charles Michel today said the United Kingdom is being invited to continue talks beyond the current deadline in a bid to reach a deal before the Brexit transition period ends on December 31st.

Von der Leyen, 62, was supposed to brief leaders on Friday about European Commission-led negotiations with pharmaceutical companies to secure potential COVID-19 vaccines.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had put a deadline of October 15 for the post-Brexit deal to be reached, but Barnier defied the call, saying the European Union would work "until the last possible day".

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