Macron Tests Positive for Covid-19, Sends Other European Leaders into Quarantine

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Macron Tests Positive for Covid-19, Sends Other European Leaders into Quarantine

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19 after experiencing symptoms and will self-isolate for a week, his office said Thursday,

The Elysee Palace said Macron, 42, was diagnosed after he was tested "at the onset of the first symptoms."

"In accordance with current health regulations applicable to all, the President of the Republic will isolate himself for 7 days. He continues to work and carry out his activities remotely," the statement added.

French first lady Brigitte Macron, 67, has protectively gone into quarantine but has "presented no symptoms," her office told French media. Prime Minister Jean Castex has also gone into quarantine, and Macron's planned trip to Lebanon next week has been canceled.

The French President had meetings with a number of other top European leaders in recent days, several of whom announced they would quarantine in the wake of Macron's diagnosis.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and European Council President Charles Michel said they would go into quarantine as a precautionary measure.

Here's what we know about Macron's movements in recent days:

-On Wednesday, he met Portuguese Prime Minister Costa for lunch, and attended a cabinet meeting, according to the Elysee Palace.

-On Tuesday, Macron met with various people including the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer.

-On Monday, he attended a working lunch at the Elysee marking the 60th anniversary of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, where he met with Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez, European Council President Michel and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria.

Macron was also at the European Council in Brussels last Thursday and Friday, which was attended by 25 of the 27 EU leaders (two were absent for Covid-related reasons).

An EU official in the European Council, who is not authorized to speak on the record about protocol measures, told CNN that "all sanitary measures were observed, and we have not been informed of any other participant or staff present during the summit who tested positive."

Spain's foreign ministry said Sanchez would immediately take a test and quarantine for a week. He sent his "best wishes" to Macron in a tweet. A European Commission spokesman said Michel would go into quarantine "as a precaution," but noted that Michel had tested negative as recently as Tuesday.

Macron is the latest major world leader to test positive for the novel coronavirus. US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, key French allies, were both hospitalized after contracting the virus earlier in the pandemic.

"Sorry to hear my friend @EmmanuelMacron has tested positive for coronavirus. We are all wishing you a speedy recovery," Johnson tweeted Thursday.

European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen wished Macron "a quick recovery."

 

Source: CNN International