Paris: President of France, Emmanuel Macron has tested Covid positive on Thursday. According to the French presidency the president had been tested after the ‘onset of the first symptoms’.
“Complying with the national regulations in France, Macron will now isolate himself for seven days. He will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely. All other meetings to be held via video-conference,” the French Presidency further stated.
French President will cancel all his forthcoming trips, including a scheduled visit to Lebanon, after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
Macron was at a European Union summit at the end of last week, where he notably had a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed the news. Prime Minister Jean Castex will also self-isolate after coming into contact with Macron over the last few days, said Gerard Larcher, head of the Senate, the upper house of the French parliament.
France reported 17,615 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the biggest spike in Covid-19 count since 21 November. The country has been severely affected by coronavirus pandemic. It has registered 2,409,062 cases since the outbreak.
At least 289 people succumbed to death on Wednesday, taking the toll to 59,361.