Angela Merkel goes into quarantine as her doctor tests positive for Covid-19

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Credit: Michael Kappeler/AP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine after being informed a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for coronavirus.

Her spokesman said she was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference on Sunday announcing new measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Steffen Seibert said Ms Merkel had received a precautionary vaccine Friday against pneumococcal infection.

He said the 65-year-old will undergo “regular tests” in the coming days and continue with her work from home for the time being.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference about coronavirus, as journalists sit far apart. Credit: AP

Ms Merkel had earlier expressed her gratitude to Germans who were following rules on social distancing, saying it was important to remain at least 1.5 metres apart to reduce the likelihood of infection.

Germany has banned public gatherings of more than two people, as the country recorded more than 18,610 cases and 55 deaths from Covid-19.

"I know that it means sacrifice," she said, citing the economic and social costs of the lockdown.

"I'm moved by the fact that so many are abiding by these rules.

"This way we show care for older and sick people because the virus is most dangerous to them. In short - we are saving lives with this."

Germans have been told to remain at least 1.5 metres apart. Credit: AP

She added: "My life has also fundamentally changed and now consists largely of phone calls and video conferences."

The development illustrated how even world leaders are not free from the risk of infection.

"With a certain distance the risk of infections is reduced almost to zero," Ms Merkel told reporters.

"Whether you are half a metre apart or 1.5 metres apart makes a huge difference."

Shortly afterwards, she was informed her doctor had tested positive for Covid-19.