Von der Leyen cancels Strasbourg engagements after driver tests positive for COVID-19

BRUSSELS. Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that she had canceled her appointments at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week after her driver tested positive for COVID-19.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. (Photo: AFP)

"My driver has tested positive for COVID19. Regretfully, I must therefore cancel my participation in the European Parliament plenary. I am returning to Brussels," she said on Twitter.

According to her calendar, publicly available on the European Commission website, Von der Leyen was meant to be in Strasbourg until Wednesday.

On Wednesday, von der Leyen was to preside over a meeting of the College of Commissioners and then participate in the EP plenary debate on the presentation of the program of activities of the French Presidency.