Merkel health fears: German health minister tests positive hours after meeting ...

FEARS for Angela Merkel's health have been sparked after Germany's health minister tested positive for coronavirus - hours after he met the Chancellor for a meeting.

PUBLISHED: 13:20, Thu, Oct 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:20, Thu, Oct 22, 2020

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Jens Spahn, 40, announced on Twitter that he had contracted the disease and would recuperate at home as he experiences “only cold symptoms”. His tweet came hours after he donned a face mask as he sat with Mrs Merkel, 66, and fellow Cabinet members for a weekly meeting.

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With his diagnoses, Mr Spahn became the first member of Mrs Merkel’s Cabinet to contract COVID-19.

A spokesman for the German government said Cabinet members would not be required to go into isolation – despite them being in the same room as someone suffering from COVID-19.

He said social distancing was observed at the gathering and hygiene rules adhered to.

The spokesman said: “The federal Cabinet meets in compliance with hygiene and distance rules, which aim to ensure that even if a person who later tests corona-positive were to participate, quarantining of other or even all participants would not be necessary.”

germany merkel coronavirus newsMerkel health fears: The Chancellor pictured at a Cabinet meeting attended by Mr Spahn who has COVID (Image: GETTY)

jens spahnJens Spahn pictured removing his mask at the Cabinet meeting (Image: GETTY)

Mr Spahn sounded as if he was in good spirits as he began his quarantine.

He tweeted: “I am isolated at home and convalescing.

“I hope everyone I’ve been in contact with stays healthy. Let’s all watch out for each other!”

Last year the Chancellor was hit by a health scare when she was seen shaking uncontrollably in public.

READ MORE: Germany rebels against Merkel as she's accused of 'act of desperation'

JENS SPAHNMr Spahn tested positive hours after the meeting (Image: GETTY)

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