The president of the European Commission has left a key EU summit attended by all 27 presidents and prime ministers of the bloc, after a member of her team tested positive for COVID-19.
Ursula von der Leyen wrote in a tweet on Thursday: “I have just been informed that a member of my front office has tested positive to COVID-19 this morning. I myself have tested negative.
“However as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation.”
Von der Leyen left the two-day European Council summit, which began in Brussels on Thursday, after 30 minutes, but this wasn’t before greeting all 27 leaders and holding bilateral talks with the Czech and Portuguese prime ministers.
She was due to give an update later in the day on the progress made in trade talks between the EU and U.K. Von der Leyen had met with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday evening but the get-together was remote.
Belgium’s capital Brussels is a COVID-19 hot spot and von der Leyen has been forced to isolate previously. In March, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, tested positive, as did Johnson. Both have since recovered.