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Germany's health minister tests positive for COVID-19

Germany's health minister tests positive for COVID-19
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German officials said Wednesday that Health Minister Jens Spahn has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Thanks for the many good wishes. I am in domestic isolation and am currently only experiencing cold symptoms,” Spahn said in a tweet in German on Wednesday. “I wish good health to everyone with whom I have been in contact. Let's continue to take care of each other!”

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“Good and quick recovery, @jensspahn! We will keep our fingers crossed for you,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in another tweet the same day.

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The announcement comes after Germany, widely viewed as one of Europe’s success stories in containing the virus, recorded its highest number of cases since April earlier this month.

Spahn has repeatedly warned that Germans failing to follow public health regulations will prolong the pandemic and exacerbate the outbreaks in Germany.

Several cities have reached 50 new infections per 100,000 residents, and cities such as Berlin and Frankfurt have restricted alcohol sales to reduce crowds. This week, officials announced the Bavarian region of Berchtesgadener Land near the Austrian border will implement a two-week lockdown, the first since the peak of the pandemic in spring, the BBC reported.

"Please forsake any journey that is not absolutely essential, every party that is not absolutely essential," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. "Stay at home, where at all possible."