EU chairman delays leaders' summit to Oct.1-2 over Covid quarantine, says spokesman

European Council President Charles Michel postponed a summit of European Union leaders on Thursday and Friday until the start of October after going into coronavirus quarantine due to contact with an infected security guard, his spokesman said.

Michel, who chairs EU summits, tested negative for Covid-19 on Monday, his spokesman said via Twitter, but was following the rules in Belgium, the seat of EU institutions where the summits of EU leaders take place, by going into isolation.

"The president today learned that a security officer, with whom he was in close contact early last week, tested positive for Covid," Michel's spokesman said. "The president is tested regularly and tested negative yesterday. Respecting Belgian rules, he has gone into quarantine as of today."

The postponement is a blow to Greece and Cyprus, who must now wait until Oct.1-2 for EU leaders...

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