French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19

French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19

Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19.

Paris, France:

French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, the presidency said, adding that he will now self-isolate for the next week.

“The president tested positive for Covid-19 today,” it said in a statement. He was tested after the “onset of the first symptoms”.

Macron will now under national regulations “self-isolate for seven days. He will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely,” it said.

The French President is one of several world leaders who have signed Covid-19, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump.

France eased restrictions on fighting the second wave of coronavirus earlier this week, but infection rates remain high.

There is still an overnight nationwide curfew from 8 p.m. to stop the virus from spreading, while restaurants and cafes, as well as theaters and cinemas, remain closed.

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According to official information, over 59,300 people have died of coronavirus in France since the pandemic began.

The record of over 17,000 new cases on Wednesday alone has also raised concern as people shop and travel more intensively before the Christmas holidays.

Like other EU countries, France is hoping for a vaccine against the virus, and Prime Minister Jean Castex said Wednesday the country will receive around 1.16 million Covid-19 vaccine doses by the end of the year.

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