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BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister, an epidemiologist by training who has led the country’s fight against COVID-19 since December, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach’s ministry said early Friday that the 59-year-old has only light symptoms and is working from home.

It said that Lauterbach has had four vaccine shots and his infection “shows that, with the highly contagious omicron variant, an infection can’t be entirely ruled out even with utmost caution.”

Germany, like many other countries, has seen large — though recently declining — numbers of cases this summer as new subvariants of omicron drive infections.

The government said on Wednesday that some basic restrictions would remain in place during the coming fall and winter, when experts expect COVID-19 cases to rise again as people spend more time indoors.


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Ginger Zee surprises fans by performing a wild dance in re-shared video tribute to former GMA colleague

GINGER Zee strutted her stuff in a video while celebrating a former Good Morning America audience producer's birthday.

The meteorologist danced for the camera in a white dress while her past co-worker coyly films the action in a mirror.

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The video takes a fun twist after a brief black screen, as Ginger's coworker Chaz May, known as @itschazmay on Instagram, now booty pops in the white dress.

Ginger is seen filming, nearly deadpan, in Chaz's former outfit.

In the story, a revival shoutout from a past post presumably when Chaz was still working on the show, Ginger wrote: "Because it's @itschazmay's birthday and we miss him every day on Good Morning America."

The joyful memory shared with fans comes in the midst of some recent drama surrounding Ginger.

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Last week, she posted a screenshot on social media about her health.

The screen was on a sleep-monitoring app that told Ginger "something" had disturbed her sleep.

"Miles. Something = Miles," the TV personality wrote in reference to one of her two young sons, Miles and Adrian, whom she shares with her husband Ben Aaron.

Ginger replied with laughter to one follower who wrote: "My 11 month old got up 4x between 7pm and 7am. My sleep report would be a joke."

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Another said: "Love my Oura!! Helps me understand my health so much better."

Ginger answered: "Seriously."

The GMA weather expert also rose above a recent Twitter attack on her body.

She checked Twitter in anticipation of blowback after talking about climate change, she Tweeted last month.

She was shocked to see a tweet calling out not her science, but her physique.

One person tweeted: "As a favor to America and fans of @ABC and @abcnews..can I PLEASE buy you a bra so we are no longer bombarded by your two quintessential examples of DROOP? #itsnotjustadog."

In reply to the internet bully, Ginger shared: "Omg I came on Twitter after my World News Tonight hit talking climate change thinking I would have some tweets to navigate, some science to share."

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Ginger also made an appearance on The View early into summer during the absence of normal co-hosts Joy Behar and Sara Haines, who were both temporarily gone from the show.

One fan pushed for the GMA star to join The View permanently, writing: "Loved you on The View, Ginger. You should become a new cast member!"

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