Macron tests positive for COVID-19

Macron tests positive for COVID-19

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, the Élysée Palace announced on Thursday.

"The president of the Republic has been diagnosed positive for Covid-19 today," the presidential palace said in a statement.

"This diagnosis was made following a PCR test performed at the onset of the first symptoms," the statement said, without detailing what symptoms Macron exhibited.  

The presidency said he would isolate for the next seven days, as recommended by French health authorities, and has cancelled all foreign trips. 

Macron "will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely", the Élysée Palace said. 

French Prime Minister Jean Castex, who was in contact with Macron at the government's weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday, will also self-isolate, FRANCE 24 reported.

Macron is following recommendations from French health authorities that, since September, have reduced isolation time from 14 days to seven. 

More than 59,300 people have died in France of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to official figures. The recording of over 17,000 new cases on Wednesday alone has also generated concern as people shop and travel more intensely ahead of the Christmas holidays.