Today, the French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said that the president had been experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and had tested positive. He will self-isolate for a week.
The Elysée Palace released a statement which said that 42-year-old Macron was diagnosed after he was tested “at the onset of the first symptoms.”
The statement added: “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.”
His close associates including first lady Brigitte Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex, are also in isolation. European leaders including some from Portugal, Spain and the EU, whom he met have said that they would quarantine as a precautionary measure. Many leaders also sent wishes for a speedy recovery.
On Wednesday, France reported 17,615 new infections and 289 deaths . This is its highest ever from November 21. The total number of coronavirus cases to date is more than 2.4 million, with a total of 59, 361 fatalities.
Since early November France has been in a lockdown. Curfew hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. have been extended on Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Theaters, cinemas and museums will stay closed for another three weeks. The restaurant and cafes’ schedule to reopen is still January 20, 2021.