French President Emmanuel Macron positive for COVID-19

Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from his office.

Macron was tested as soon as the first symptoms appeared, the statement read, adding that it is not clear how the president was exposed to the virus.

In October, Macron’s wife, Brigette, had to isolate after coming into contact with someone who tested positive.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, President of the European Council Charles Michel, and Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa will be isolated for meeting with President Macron.

At the beginning of this week, France lifted its second lockdown, despite the fact that there were still a large number of cases. France registered 17,615 new cases of the coronavirus and 289 deaths on Wednesday.

The president will continue to work remotely during his seven-day isolation.