European Defence Agency CANCELS all meetings as first EU official tests positive for coronavirus in Brussels – reports
The first EU official working at the bloc’s Brussels administrative headquarters has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a spokesperson has confirmed.
“We have confirmation of the case,” spokesperson Dana Spinant said, adding that reports about a male official working at the European Defence Agency contracting the virus were true, and that he had recently returned from a trip to Italy.
The European Defence Agency (EDA) has reportedly canceled all meetings to be held at its premises until March 13 as a precaution. The agency has also called off external meetings until mid-March.
The supposedly senior EDA official who contacted the coronavirus reportedly met with a group of approximately 30 officials from other EU institutions last week.
The official began feeling unwell on Saturday, February 29th, and subsequent tests confirmed that he had indeed been infected with the coronavirus, the EURACTIV media network reports.
Meanwhile, a member of military staff with European External Action Service (EEAS) who attended the same meeting has begun showing symptoms and is awaiting their test results.