Belarus's Tsikhanouskaya self-isolates after COVID-19 exposure

LONDON (Reuters) - Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is self-isolating and will take a COVID-19 test after meeting earlier this week with the Slovenian foreign minister, who has since tested positive for the coronavirus. 'This does not hinder the work of her team,' her spokeswoman Anna Krasulina said in a statement sent to Reuters. Lithuania, where Tsikhanouskaya lives after fleeing Belarus following a disputed presidential election in August, requires a 14-day self-isolation period for anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

Reuters October 25, 2020 00:11:13 IST
Belarus's Tsikhanouskaya self-isolates after COVID-19 exposure

Belaruss Tsikhanouskaya selfisolates after COVID19 exposure

LONDON (Reuters) - Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is self-isolating and will take a COVID-19 test after meeting earlier this week with the Slovenian foreign minister, who has since tested positive for the coronavirus.

"This does not hinder the work of her team," her spokeswoman Anna Krasulina said in a statement sent to Reuters.

Lithuania, where Tsikhanouskaya lives after fleeing Belarus following a disputed presidential election in August, requires a 14-day self-isolation period for anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

The Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian foreign ministers are also self-isolating after a meeting with the Slovenian counterpart Anze Logar this week, according to their spokeswomen and Twitter messages.

Logar tested positive for coronavirus on Friday after the trip to Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, state news agency STA reported.

(Reporting by Andrius Sytas; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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