Angela Merkel forgot mask in the pulpit Image: Michael Kappeler / Pool / AFP
Germany’s first minister, Angela Merkel, was startled by being without a mask for a few seconds. The images of that moment went viral on social networks, causing jokes and praise.
Merkel took off her mask and gave a speech to the German parliament. When he finished, he went to sit down. But he forgot the mask on top of the pulpit. After a few seconds she noticed and ran to get the object, which is essential in preventing covid-19.
Angela Merkel panics as she forgets her face mask on the lectern after a speech pic.twitter.com/qC4GAeWpVt
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The event generated many comments on the internet for two reasons: many people identified with the momentary forgetfulness; and also because Merkel showed concern to set an example, using the mask.
Sean Kelly, Member of Parliament of Ireland, joked that “this was probably the only time that Merkel panicked”.