EU chief Von der Leyen leaves summit to self-isolate

By: AFP      Published: 08:21 PM, 15 Oct, 2020
EU chief Von der Leyen leaves summit to self-isolate
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen looks on at the start of an European Union (EU) summit at the European Council Building in Brussels

EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday left a summit attended by the bloc's 27 leaders after learning that a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus.

"I have just been informed that a member of my front office has tested positive to COVID-19 this morning," she said in a tweet.

"I myself have tested negative, however, as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation," she said, using the official term for the Brussels summit.