French President Emmanuel Macron exams optimistic for Covid

French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a protective face mask, watches as he makes a statement alongside Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas after his meeting at the Elysee Palace on October 28, 2020 in Paris, France.

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LONDON – French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement from the French Presidency.

The diagnosis was made “as soon as the first symptoms appeared,” Macron’s office said Thursday. The brief statement gave no further details about the symptoms the President had experienced.

“In accordance with health directives that apply to everyone, the President of the Republic will isolate himself for 7 days.”

Macron, who turns 43 next week, will continue to work remotely, the statement added.

55-year-old Prime Minister Jean Castex will also self-isolate, officials said after coming into contact with Macron in recent days.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, 48, announced he would self-isolate and suspend all public activities until Christmas Eve after having lunch with Macron on Monday.

In the last few days Macron has met the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the Angel Gurria of the OECD and the Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa. The French president also hosted a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

The French President is one of several world leaders who tested positive for the coronavirus this year, including US President Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

British Johnson, who was admitted to intensive care during his personal battle with Covid in April, said via Twitter that he is sorry to hear Macron tested positive for Covid and wished him a speedy recovery.

France has registered more cases of the coronavirus than any other European nation, trailing only the US, India, Brazil and Russia for the highest number of infections in the world.

To date, more than 2.4 million people in France have been infected with Covid-19, with 59,472 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier this week, Macron replaced a six-week ban on movement with a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until mid-January (with the exception of Christmas Eve).

The public health measures stipulate that museums, theaters, cinemas, bars and restaurants must remain closed at least until January.

French ski resorts will also remain closed, but Macron said the hugely popular tourist attractions may reopen “on favorable terms” from next month.

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