style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>German Foreign Minister Maas enters precautionary quarantine
By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe
epa08685801 German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas attends a Foreign affairs ministers council in Brussels, Belgium, 21 September 2020. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL
German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas attends a Foreign affairs ministers council in Brussels, Belgium, 21 September 2020.
The announcement came a day after EU Council President Charles Michel postponed the extraordinary summit scheduled for September 24 and 25, after he learned that one of his security guards had tested positive for COVID-19. Maas’ first COVID-19 test came back negative, the Ministry added. “Foreign Minister Maas put himself into quarantine after a member of his personal protection team was infected with COVID-19,” the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Michel tested negative on Monday and according to Belgian Coronavirus rules, he went into quarantine. As a result of his self-isolation, Maas was forced to cancel his upcoming trip to Jordan. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas went into quarantine on Wednesday after a security staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.