European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has been forced to leave the EU summit shortly after it opened because one of her close staffers tested positive for Covid-19.
She said on Thursday that she herself tested negative, but “as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation”.
Ms Von der Leyen had already been mingling with other EU leaders before the formal opening of the two-day summit.
Organisers had taken special precaution to keep leaders apart and make sure they respect all health regulations.
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