German Health Minister Jens Spahn has tested positive for COVID-19, his ministry confirmed on Wednesday. Spahn had attended a cabinet meeting in Berlin with Chancellor Angela Merkel that morning. However all safety measures, namely mask-wearing and social distancing, were strictly adhered to. The minister is currently self-isolating and is experiencing cold-like symptoms.
Angela Merkel appealed to the nation last Saturday as coronavirus infections continue to rise in Germany. Speaking in her weekly podcast, the German Chancellor warned that “every day counts”, identifying the importance of contact tracing, social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing. “But we have to go even further now,” Merkel said, “whenever possible, please stay at home”.
In Berlin, masks will now be compulsory in the city’s 10 busiest streets, it was announced on Tuesday. A list of the affected streets can be found here.