Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission’s executive vice president and acting trade commissioner, has gone into self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
“Today I was informed that someone I met earlier this week has tested positive for Covid-19. During the meeting physical distancing was observed. I have no symptoms and feel well. In line with public health guidance, I have taken a test and am self-isolating and working from home,” the Latvian commissioner tweeted today.
Dombrovskis was scheduled to hold a press conference on Thursday on the EU’s capital markets union and digital finance. He was also set to face a hearing in the European Parliament’s trade committee on October 2 about his newly designated trade portfolio. It was not immediately clear if he would still participate in those events.
The news comes a day after European Council President Charles Michel postponed a meeting of EU leaders originally set for this week so that he could go into self-quarantine after a security officer who had been in close contact with him tested positive for the virus.