Several European leaders in quarantine after French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for COVID-19

Several European leaders have gone into quarantine after the French President, Emmanuel Macron, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Macron tested positive for the coronavirus after experiencing symptoms and has gone into self-isolation, his office said on Thursday.

The Elysee Palace said the 42-year old President was diagnosed after he was tested following first symptoms.

“In accordance with current health regulations applicable to all, the President of the Republic will isolate for 7 days. He continues to work and carry out his activities remotely,” his office said in a statement.

French First Lady Brigitte Macron, 67, has also gone into quarantine out of an abundance of caution and she has “presented no symptoms,” her office told French media.

French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, has also gone into quarantine and President Macron’s planned trip to Lebanon has been canceled.

Several top European leaders who met with Macron in recent days announced that they too were going into quarantine.

Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, and European Council President, Charles Michel, said they would go into quarantine out of an abundance of caution.

The Elysee Palace said Macron met with Portuguese Prime Minister Costa for lunch on Wednesday, and attended a cabinet meeting.

On Tuesday, he met with various people, including the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, and on Monday, he attended a working lunch at the Elysee marking the 60th anniversary of the Organization for the Economic Co-operation and Development, where he met with Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez, European Council President Michel and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria.

The French leader was also at the European Council in Brussels last Thursday and Friday. The event was attended by 25 of the 27 EU leaders. Two leaders were absent for COVID-19 reasons.

France’s lockdown, since early November, was due to be lifted this week, but it has been delayed as new cases continue to rise above the target of 5,000 per day that Macron set as a precondition before lifting the restrictions.

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