EU Officials Make Conflicting Statements over their Quarantine after Ethiopia Trip

ADDIS ABABA – European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, and the bloc’s commissioner for humanitarian aid, Janez Lenarcic, quarantined themselves after their trip to Ethiopia last week.

The two officials announced their decision to quarantine on their twitter account but their statement conflicts as to where they contracted the virus.

“I was informed this afternoon that a member of the delegation travelling with me and @JanezLenarcic to Ethiopia last week has tested positive for coronavirus,” Borrel, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, said in a message he poster on twitter.

“I tested negative upon my return on Sunday. I am self-isolating in accordance with rules and will wait to do second test,” he added.

Lenarcic, who was a member of the delegation, also said that he had been informed “that a member of my team, who was not on a mission to Ethiopia end of last week, has tested #COVID19 positive”.

“In line with public health protocols I am self-isolating and working from home pending the 2nd test. I have no symptoms and feel well. Stay safe!,” he twitted.

The EU Commission is headquartered in Brussels, one of the European cities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic, after Madrid and Paris.

Belgium has ordered anyone coming into contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 to self-isolate for a period of seven days, according to reports.