EU Parliament President Sassoli in quarantine

Sassoli is the latest head of EU institutions to enter a precautionary quarantine. Last week, European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen said she would self-isolate for a week after attending a state council meeting in Portugal along with a person who later tested positive for Coronavirus. Similarly in September, EU Council President Charles Michel postponed a scheduled EU summit, after coming in contact with a member of his security guard who tested positive for the virus.

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European Parliament President, David Sassoli will enter quarantine for a second time, after coming in contact with a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.

“I was recently in contact with a member of my staff who today tested positive for COVID-19,” Sassoli wrote in a Twitter post on Thursday afternoon. The EP President also said he is “fine” and has no symptoms.

“In accordance with the rules, I’ll be self-isolating for the required period to carry out the necessary checks,” he added.

In March Sassoli had decided to put himself into quarantine, as he had spent a weekend in Italy and the government’s emergency measures required to place entire Italy on lockdown to stem spread of COVID-19.

I was recently in contact with a member of my staff who today tested positive for COVID-19. I am fine and have no symptoms. In accordance with the rules, I’ll be self-isolating for the required period to carry out the necessary checks.

— David Sassoli (@EP_President) October 8, 2020

Sassoli is the latest head of EU institutions to enter a precautionary quarantine. Last week, European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen said she would self-isolate for a week after attending a state council meeting in Portugal along with a person who later tested positive for Coronavirus. Similarly in September, EU Council President Charles Michel postponed a scheduled EU summit, after coming in contact with a member of his security guard who tested positive for the virus.