Germany's Baerbock ends Pakistan tour after positive COVID test

Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister

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# 07 June 2022 16:15 (UTC +04:00)

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has tested positive for coronavirus and is cutting short a trip to Pakistan. The minister had just arrived in Pakistan as the first stop on a tour of several countries, APA reports citing DW.

The German foreign minister tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the start of her visit to Pakistan, a Foreign Office spokesman said on Tuesday.

As well as visiting Pakistan, Annalena Baerbock had been due to travel onwards to Greece and Turkey.

The minister had already held talks with her counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, which centered around bilateral cooperation and regional challenges, including the situation in Afghanistan.

Baerbock tested positive after lunch after noticing that she had lost her sense of taste, her ministry said. It added that a rapid antigen test she took in the morning had been negative.