German health minister tests positive for COVID-19

German Health Minister Jens Spahn has tested positive for COVID-19, his ministry confirmed today, according to German media.

Spahn immediately went to self-isolate at home and is experiencing symptoms of the common cold, according to the reports.

In the morning, the minister had participated in a cabinet meeting in Berlin, where Chancellor Angela Merkel was also present. A government spokesperson said that all safety precautions were respected, including the wearing of protective masks and social distancing.

According to the health ministry, all of the Spahn’s contacts are currently being informed about his infection.

Spahn is the second European health minister to contract the virus, following his British counterpart Matt Hancock, who tested positive in March.

In recent days, the Belgian and Austrian foreign ministers, Sophie Wilmès and Alexander Schallenberg, as well as Czech Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček, also announced they had tested positive.

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