German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday morning and is in quarantine.
This was stated by the official representative of the government, Steffen Hebestreit, with reference to Spiegel.
Scholz had mild symptoms of a cold and immediately went into self-isolation.
At the weekend, the chancellor went on a trip to the countries of the Persian Gulf. Before the trip, he took a PCR test, which turned out to be negative. According to government sources, he tested negative again on Sunday.
Scholz was in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar for negotiations on the supply of energy carriers.
Scholz had planned a consultation with the premiers of the federal states on the arrangements for Wednesday, but they will now be held virtually.
On Sunday, it also became known that the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, fell ill with the coronavirus, writes Euractiv.
Sanchez attended the UN General Assembly in New York last week and was scheduled to attend several more events on Sunday.
"This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I will continue to work taking precautions," he wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Spain's health authorities have confirmed that the fourth vaccination against COVID-19 will be administered to 2.9 million citizens aged 80 and over in all regions from Monday.