(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tested positive for COVID-19,
government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit said on Monday, reports citing
The Chancellor, who has mild cold symptoms, 'immediately went
into isolation,' Hebestreit said.
Scholz' public appointments this week will be canceled, but the
Chancellor will still participate virtually in a meeting with the
minister presidents of federal states on Wednesday.
On Sunday, Scholz returned from a two-day trip to the Gulf
states of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. With
gas supplies cut off from Russia, once a major energy source,
Germany is actively seeking new partnerships in energy supply.
Germany is seeing a rise in COVID-19 infections, with the
seven-day incidence per 100,000 residents climbing to 293.6
infections on Monday. This is around 50 higher than a week ago,
according to the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases.
'It is likely that an autumn wave is coming, but it is building
up slowly,' said Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach on Twitter on
Germany's Standing Committee on Vaccination has recommended
booster vaccinations adapted to the new Omicron variant for certain
groups, such as people over 60.
Of the 69.4 million adults in Germany aged 18 or older, around
85 percent are vaccinated against COVID-19. More than 72 percent
have received one booster vaccination, while around 11 percent have
received two booster shots, according to official figures.
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