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Germany’s Scholz positive for Covid after Gulf tour

By AFP
26 September 2022   |   1:55 pm
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tested positive for the coronavirus and is displaying mild symptoms after returning from a tour of the Gulf, his spokesman said Monday.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attends the assembly of the Federal Convention on February 13, 2022 at the Paul-Loebe-Haus parliamentary building in Berlin, prior to the election of Germany’s President. – German President Steinmeier is poised to be re-elected for a second straight term, after gaining a reputation as a tireless defender of democratic values at a time when resurging far-right extremism and the coronavirus pandemic were putting them to the test. The president is voted for by the Federal Convention, a one-off assembly made up of MPs and an equal number of state delegates, taking the total number close to 1,500. (Photo by MICHELE TANTUSSI / POOL / AFP)

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tested positive for the coronavirus and is displaying mild symptoms after returning from a tour of the Gulf, his spokesman said Monday.

The 64-year-old is isolated in his apartment in the chancellery, and will attend meetings online, spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said.

At the weekend, he visited Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar on a hunt for new energy sources after Russia cut gas supplies amid tensions over the Ukraine war.

He signed a deal Sunday for the UAE to supply natural gas and diesel to Germany.