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German economy minister ends quarantine after negative COVID-19 results

FILE PHOTO: German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier attends a news conference after informal talks of the EU Trade Ministers in Berlin, Germany, September 21, 2020. Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday he was no longer in quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19.

Altmaier went into quarantine on Wednesday as a precaution after the aide of one of his EU counterparts, who attended a gathering in Berlin on Monday, had tested positive.

“The new test from yesterday was also negative,” Altmaier said on Twitter.

He added the nature of the contact he had with the infected individual means: “There is no need for further quarantine.”

Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Michelle Adair