French President tested positive for COVID-19

President Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for the coronavirus and will self-isolate for seven days, the Elysée Palace has stated.

The diagnosis was established following an RT-PCR test sent out as soon as the first signs appeared,” the President’s office said in a report provided.

“In accordance with the fitness advice suitable to everyone, the President of the Republic will self-isolate for seven days. He will continue to work and to carry out his actions remotely.”

Several principal figures, including the French prime minister and Macron’s wife have begun self-isolating.

According to French news channel BFMTV, the President has so far not contracted a serious form of the illness.

Le Figaro reports that it was told by Macron’s following earlier this week that the President had been tested many times since the start of the pandemic.

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His recent agreements include a visit by the Portuguese prime minister to Paris on Wednesday, while a week ago Macron was in Brussels for a European Council top of EU leaders.

PM Jean Castex self-isolates

The Prime Minister Jean Castex is also self-isolating and will not go to the Senate as planned, his Matignon office announced.

It added that Castex was not exhibiting any symptoms and has been tested for coronavirus on Thursday day, with results expected shortly.

Health Minister Olivier Véran is reportedly standing in for Castex in parliament.

The President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand will also self-isolate for seven days as a “contact case” following President Macron’s positive test.

Brigitte Macron, the President’s wife, is also self-isolating but “is displaying no symptoms”, her office announced. She had tested adverse for COVID-19 as recently as Tuesday before visiting a Paris hospital, AFP reports.