Merkel is 'healthy but working from home'

German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Monday (March 23) Chancellor Angela Merkel, who on Sunday (March 22) went into quarantine after coming into contact with a coronavirus-infected doctor, was healthy but is working from home.

(SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FINANCE MINISTER, OLAF SCHOLZ, SAYING (on MERKEL):"The chancellor has asked me to speak for her in the Bundestag on Wednesday and we will manage this. However, I believe this is a very important sign that this infection can hit everyone of us. We are very vulnerable as human beings and no one is protected from this."

Scholz, who is also Germany's finance minister, also announced a supplementary budget of 156 billion euros ($166.51 billion) with the country's economy minister on Monday.