French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday after a week of meeting with numerous European leaders, the French and Spanish Prime Ministers are among those who self-isolate because they recently had contact with him

Macron took a test “as soon as the first symptoms appeared” and will self-isolate for seven days, the presidency said in a brief statement that failed to detail what Macron’s symptoms were or what treatment he may have received

The 42-year-old president “will continue to work remotely and take care of his activities,” added the statement. His wife Brigitte, 67, will also self-isolate but has no symptoms and was visited on Tuesday before visiting a Paris hospital tested negative, her office said

Macron attended an EU summit late last week where he had a bilateral meeting in particular with Chancellor Angela Merkel. It was not immediately clear what contact tracing efforts were underway

The heads of state and government of the EU met on 10 and 11 Met in person for the first time since October, the media was kept away from the Brussels summit venue, but televised images showed the guides wearing masks, generally keeping a good distance – elbow bumps rather than the usual handshakes, kisses and hugs – and the occasional hand gel donor in Space used

“During the European Council on Thursday 10 and Friday the 11th December, all hygiene measures were followed and we were not informed of any other participants or staff who were present during the summit and tested positive, “said an EU official who was not allowed to be publicly identified

Macron had lunch with the Portuguese Prime Minister on Wednesday There was no immediate comment from Portuguese officials

However, the Spanish government announced that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who met Macron in Paris on Monday, will quarantine himself until December 24, Sanchez informed King Felipe VI of Spain About the decision and canceled an appearance on Thursday in the Spanish National Library from

Macron also held the government’s weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday French Prime Minister Jean Castex’s office said he will also self-isolate for seven days. The day before, Macron dined with the leaders of the factions in the National Assembly, France’s lower house, at noon

The French Presidency has confirmed that Macron’s planned trip to Lebanon for next week will be canceled

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who attended the EU summit last week, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wished Macron a speedy recovery on Twitter

I’m sorry to hear that my friend @EmmanuelMacron tested positive for coronavirus We all wish you a speedy recovery

Macron and other government officials repeatedly say they will adhere to strict hygiene protocols including shaking hands, wearing a mask, and keeping away from other people during the pandemic

For several months now, masks have been required in all indoor public spaces in France and all outdoors in major cities. Macron wears one to all public events, but usually removes it for speeches or press conferences where he is a safe distance from other is

Macron has always been an active president who travels a lot this year but has continued to hold face-to-face meetings in Paris, other cities in France and Brussels during France’s second virus lockdown that began in October. ‘ / p>

The lockdown, which was partially lifted on Tuesday, allowed people to go to school and work, but for most French people, travel was limited and all restaurants, attractions and most other public places had to be closed

The French President is following the recommendations of the national health authorities that the self-isolation period has been reduced from 14 to seven days since September.The authorities said at the time that this is the period when there is the greatest risk of contagion and that a reduction is better Enforcement of the measure enables

The US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend isolating at least 10 days after symptoms appear

Since the pandemic first emerged in Europe in February, EU leaders have held several video conference summits, but many have complained about the lack of privacy on video calls and the inability to thoroughly resolve sensitive issues such as the stalemate over the EU’s massive long-term budget and recovery fund, which was personally resolved last week

In October, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, had to leave the summit after separately coming into contact with people who later tested positive for the coronavirus

A summit scheduled for September has been postponed for a week after EU Council President Charles Michel, chairman of the sessions, went into coronavirus quarantine after one of his security officers tested positive for COVID-19

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