During her stay in Pakistan, Annalena Baerbock fell ill with Covid-19. She returns to Berlin in a separate cabin in the government plane.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock traveled from Pakistan back to Berlin under isolation conditions because of her corona infection.

On the flight from the capital Islamabad to Berlin, the Greens politician used a separate cabin (“private office”) behind the cockpit of the government aircraft on Wednesday. There she had a separate toilet and an intercom. Contact with the flight attendants and the 30-strong delegation traveling with them was kept to a minimum.

Bodyguards from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) drove Baerbock separately from his fellow passengers from the hotel to the Airbus A319 of the Air Force’s flight readiness service. After arriving in Berlin, the officials wanted to take her home to her apartment in Potsdam. For the bodyguards, who are in close contact with the minister every day, their own quarantine rules would apply, it said.

«Clear flu symptoms»

According to information from delegation circles, Baerbock had developed “clear flu symptoms” since Tuesday evening. On the flight, the 41-year-old was supplied with a mask and glasses by a flight attendant in full corona protective clothing. The minister received a meal, service aisles had been reduced to a minimum, it said. No other infections in their delegation were initially known.

Baerbock had to break off her trip on Tuesday after a quick and a PCR test shortly after it started in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. Originally she wanted to go to Greece on Wednesday and then to Turkey.