March 18, 2020 / 12:47 PM / 21 days ago

German finance minister working from home with cold, being tested

German Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, March, 4, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he was working from home on Thursday due to a heavy cold and was being tested as a precautionary measure.

“Today I’m working from home too after I woke up with a heavy cold,” he said on Twitter, posting a picture of his tablet, cup and glasses on a table in the sunshine.

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute on Thursday said there were 8,198 cases of coronavirus in Europe’s largest economy.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Paul Carrel

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