French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for Covid-19

“The president of the republic has today been found positive for Covid-19,” the Elysee Palace statement read.

It said the president was diagnosed after being tested “at the onset of symptoms.”

“In accordance with current health regulations that apply to everyone, the president of the republic will be isolated for seven days. He will continue to work and conduct his activities remotely.”

French Prime Minister Jean Castex will also isolate himself, his agency said.

Macron had a busy week in the days leading up to his positive test. On Wednesday, he met Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa for lunch and attended a cabinet meeting.

On Tuesday, Macron met several people, including the chairman of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer.

France reported 17,615 new cases and 289 deaths on Wednesday, putting the country on more than 2.4 million infections and 59,361 deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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