March 24, 2020 / 3:53 PM / 2 months ago

EU economics chief Gentiloni in precautionary self-isolation over virus

FILE PHOTO: European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni speaks during a news conference on public finances in EU states at European Union Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s economics commissioner Paolo Gentiloni is in self-isolation after a member of his staff showed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, his office said on Tuesday.

“Commissioner Gentiloni has been self-isolating at home for the last few days after a member of his staff displayed symptoms typical of the coronavirus,” his office said in a note.

“The commissioner is well and working from home,” it added.

Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; editing by Foo Yun Chee and Gareth Jones

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