German Foreign Minister Maas in coronavirus quarantine as a precaution

German Foreign Minister Maas in coronavirus quarantine as a precaution

Germany's Foreign Ministry in Berlin said on Wednesday that Heiko Maas was self-isolating as a precaution after a security staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, DW reports.

"Foreign Minister Maas put himself into quarantine after a member of his personal protection team was infected with COVID-19," the ministry said in a statement.

Maas' first COVID-19 test since learning of this came back negative, the ministry said.

The 54-year-old Social Democrat politician was forced to call off his upcoming trip to Jordan as a result. 

Maas had been in Brussels on Monday for talks with his EU counterparts, as well as a meeting with Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

A spokeswoman at the foreign ministry said that other affected individuals had also been contacted, and the ministry had sought advice on further steps it might take from health authorities. The ministry was also trying to ascertain if there were other potential contacts it needed to reach. 

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