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Gabriel tests positive for Covid-19

Image: Sebastien Pirlet, European Union 2020

Research commissioner continues isolation and cancels her engagements after test result

Mariya Gabriel, the European commissioner for research, innovation and education, has announced that she has tested positive for Covid-19 and has cancelled her meetings for the week ahead.

“After a first negative Covid-19 test on Monday, my second one is positive,” Gabriel said on Twitter on 10 October. A European Commission spokesperson said the commissioner’s engagements for the week starting 12 October had been cancelled.

“I wish you a prompt recovery! Take good care of yourself,” said Gabriel’s boss, Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, in a tweet quoting Gabriel’s announcement.

Gabriel said on 5 October that a member of her cabinet had tested positive and that she herself would self-isolate as a precaution.