EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier (Image: REUTERS)
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Brexit negotiations have been halted after an EU negotiator tested positive for Covid-19.
High-level will be "suspended for a short period", following an agreement between EU chief Michel Barnier and the UK's David Frost.
In a tweet announcing the news, Mr Barnier added: "The teams will continue their work in full respect of guidelines."
Lord Frost said he was in "close contact" with Michel Barnier about the situation.
"The health of our teams comes first," he said and thanked the European Commission for their help and support.
A UK Government spokesman said: "The Commission has informed us that an official in their delegation has tested positive for Covid -19.
"We are discussing with them the implications for the negotiations.
"We have been, and will continue to, act in line with public health guidelines and to ensure the health and welfare our teams.”
It comes as Boris Johnson himself is in two-week self-isolation following a face-to-face meeting with a Tory MP who later tested positive for the virus.
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