French President Emmanuel Macron Tests Positive For Covid-19

Macron and several other European leaders who were recently in close contact with him are now self-isolating.

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The Élysée Palace made an official announcement this week that President Emmanuel Macron has been diagnosed with Covid-19 after developing symptoms. Several other European leaders have been forced into self-isolation due to their recent close contact with the president, and while they were all wearing masks, it’s imperative that they take every necessary precaution to curb the spread especially among government bodies. 

The Palace’s statement claims that Macron received a PCR lab Covid-19 test as soon as his symptoms appeared and would be “self-isolating for seven days in line with the health protocols applicable to everyone.” The president plans to “continue to work and carry out his activities remotely,” and is feeling well for the most part. 

Portuguese prime minister, António Costa, is one of the European leaders that’s going into quarantine after having lunch at the palace this past Monday. Costa is currently still waiting for his Covid-19 results and has cancelled all official meetings and trips while he waits; previously Costa was working on the run-up of the presidential election in Portugal. An EU official recently spoke with the press about the health and safety protocols present in the palace.

“All sanitary measures were observed, and we have not been informed of any other participant or staff present during the summit who tested positive.”

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez and president of the European Council, Charles Michel, both had lunch with Macron at the Elysée Palace this past Monday as well. Both Michel and Sánchez have suspended any public appearances or activities planned for the next week and will be quarantining until Christmas Eve. 

Michel has already tested negative for the virus, however he’s isolating until the 24th as a precaution. A council spokesperson in Brussels revealed that a third guest at the lunch, secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development José Ángel Gurría, will also be isolating for the same period of time. 

Several politicians within France alone have been impacted. Macron oversaw a weekly cabinet meeting this past Wednesday, the same day he tested positive for the virus. Strict physical distancing rules were observed, as well as facial coverings, which means there’s more of a chance that every other member present will be negative, however, we can never be too careful with this virus. 

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“Macron is the latest world leader to test positive for the coronavirus. US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, were both hospitalized after contracting the virus earlier in the pandemic.”

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Russian prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, was forced to step down from his position in April due to testing positive for the virus. German chancellor Angela Merkel also had to self-isolate after she tested positive within the same month. 

Recently Jérôme Marty, the president of a leading French doctors’ union, told French radio that “the country is lucky to have a young president. Macron was in a position where he is obliged to meet a great many people and the more people you meet, the more you risk being contaminated.” As we know, there is no such thing as “zero risk” when it comes to this virus. 

“We can take all possible precautions to protect ourselves, but the virus can still find a way to get through. We see it in our healthcare facilities, we do all we possibly can to protect patients and staff – but it still, occasionally, passes from ward to ward,” Marty continued. 

France in general has been in lockdown since the beginning of November after a massive second wave of new cases appeared. The lockdown was due to be lifted this week, however, new daily case numbers are still surpassing 5,000 everyday; Macron has previously stated daily case numbers need to be much lower than that for the measures to be lifted. 

In fact, this past Wednesday France reported 17,615 new coronavirus cases, marking the highest figure since November 21st. In total France has had over 2.4 million cases since the pandemic began with 59,361 deaths. Lockdown procedures to help curb the spread include curfew hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., as well as keeping all cultural institutions closed for an additional three weeks.