Merkel initially tests negative for coronavirus

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first coronavirus test has come back negative.

That's according to her spokesperson Monday, who said further tests will be carried out in the next few days.

Over the weekend, Chancellor Merkel, went into quarantine after coming into contact with a coronavirus-infected doctor.

Earlier on Monday, German Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Merkel was healthy but working from home and warned that the chancellor's brush with the outbreak serves as a note of caution for everyone.

(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 to help fund a fightback against the coronavirus and limit the economic damage caused by the pandemic.