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Germany Foreign Minister Maas in Quarantine

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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2020 file photo,German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, wears a face mask as he waits for the arrival of China s Foreign Minister Wang Yi for a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

BERLIN -- Germany’s foreign minister is quarantined after a bodyguard tested positive for the coronavirus.

Heiko Maas’ ministry says an initial test on the minister was negative. The ministry says it is working with local authorities to establish whether other people need to take measures.

Germany has seen a rise in new infections in recent weeks, though its numbers remain well below those in some other European countries. Germany has reported more than 278,000 cases and 9,400 confirmed deaths.