German President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, 61, plans to end its voluntary corona quarantine today on Tuesday, contrary to EU recommendations on 14 – day quarantine. According to the news agency Reuters, among others.
Von der Leyen attended a meeting in Portugal last Tuesday where the person involved was diagnosed with a coronavirus on Sunday.
Von der Leyen is now complying with Belgium’s relaxed quarantine regulations, but his decision to vehemently refer to the EU’s own recommendations could weaken demands for a common EU strategy to fight the virus.
Von der Leyen was last tested on Monday and had a negative result.
According to the representative of the European Commission, the length of von der Leyen’s quarantine is in line with the Belgian recommendations.
Quarantine in Belgium
Belgian quarantine regulations changed last week. Now the mandatory quarantine is seven days instead of the previous 14. It was decided to relax the quarantine regulations due to their heavy social and economic impact.
However, the Belgian decision goes against the ECDC recommendation. ECDC recommends a two-week quarantine for individuals who have been in contact with a coronary infection.
According to the ECDC, quarantine can be reduced to 10 days after a negative corona test. ECDC has not agreed to comment on von der Leyen’s decision.
Director of the ECDC Andrea Ammonin 14 days of quarantine may not be enough, as some, 3-4%, of infections only appear after this time.
France, for example, has also reduced voluntary quarantine to seven days and Spain to 10 days. In Italy, on the other hand, the quarantine recommendation is in line with the ECDC, ie 14 days.