French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, joining the likes of U.S. President Donald Trump, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other world leaders who have been infected with the disease.
- Macron's diagnosis comes after he took a Covid-19 test following the “onset of the first symptoms” France24 reported, citing an official statement from the Elysee Palace.
- The French leader will isolate himself for 7 days while continuing to carry out his work and activities remotely.
- Due to his recent proximity to Macron, French Prime Minister Jean Castex has also decided to self-isolate himself, his office said.
- On Wednesday, Macron had met Portugal's Prime Minister António Costa for lunch, following which attended a cabinet meeting.
- Last week, Macron attended a European Union where he had a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and he has also been in close proximity with EU leaders Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen.
17,720: That’s the number of new Covid-19 cases France recorded on Wednesday, according to the tracker run by the Johns Hopkins University. With a total of 2.4 million recorded cases, France is the worst-hit country in western Europe and the fifth-worst hit in the world.
Earlier this week, France eased some of the restrictions that had been put in place to tackle the nationwide second wave of the pandemic which saw single-day case numbers of over 100,000 in early November. The aggressive steps have managed to slow down the rate of infection but numbers aren’t yet as low as they were during the summer. The country still has an overnight curfew in place after 8 pm while public gathering places like restaurants and cafés, as well as theatres and cinemas, remain closed.