GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel was spotting shopping for loo roll and soap in a busy supermarket hours before she was forced into quarantine.
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Ms Merkel spent about half an hour getting good before checking out from the supermarket in BerlinCredit: Splash News
She was seen shopping over the weekend pushing a cart with loo roll, wine, soap and other goods in Berlin for about half an hour.
The Chancellor did not wear a face mask, and she went shopping before being notified about the doctor’s diagnosis.
She was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference on Sunday about new measures to curb the spread of the virus, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
The Chancellor had received a precautionary vaccine against pneumococcal infection on Friday, Mr Seibert said.
In a statement, he also said that Merkel would undergo “regular tests” in the coming days and continue with her work from home for the time being.
The Chancellor is optimistic that will she not come down with virus because only had brief contact with the doctor.
Merkel had earlier expressed her gratitude to Germans who were following the rules on social distancing, saying it was important to remain at least 1.5-metres (about five feet) apart to reduce the likelihood of infection.
She said: “Thank you. I know it means making sacrifices, both personal and economic.
“I am very moved that so many people are obeying the rules. That’s how we show that we care for older people and the sick, for whom the virus is the most dangerous. In short, that’s how we save lives.
“The great aim is to gain time in the fight against the virus.”
She also announced a nationwide ban on public meetings of more than two people outside work, saying the ban would be in place for at least two weeks.
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Merkel told reporters: “The development illustrated how even world leaders aren’t free from the risk of infection.
“With a certain distance the risk of infections is reduced almost to zero.
“Whether you are half a meter apart or 1.5 meters apart makes a huge difference.”
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