A member of Ms Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party was tested for the contagion after returning from northern Italy, a party spokesman confirmed on Tuesday. The CDU MP hosted a parliamentary meeting with 21 fellow members of the party this week.
According to the German newspaper, Thuringer Allgemeine, the MP has now been placed into quarantine.
A spokesman for the State Health Minister said on Tuesday the MP had recently returned from a skiing holiday before holding the parliamentary meeting.
Northern Italy has seen the highest number of cases in Europe and with the suspected case in the CDU, there is now fear the contagion could spread.
The suspected case could also threaten the upcoming election in the German state of Thuringia.
Angela Merkel: Suspected coronavirus within CDU (Image: GETTY)
Angela Merkel: The party memeber had returned from northern Italy (Image: GETTY)
A new election on the state’s prime minister was due to be held on Wednesday but could now be in doubt if the suspected case comes back positive.
There have been 188 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany although there have been no reports of any mortalities.
Germany’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer, refused to shake hands with the Chancellor due to the outbreak during a meeting this week.
President of Germany’s Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler said the situation in Germany had developed “very dynamically”.
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Angela Merkel: The case has not been cofirmed as of yet (Image: GETTY)
The majority of the cases had been pinpointed to the North