Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves French President Emmanuel Macron and Covid-19.
French President Emmanuel Macron is the latest world leader to test positive for COVID-19. He is joining a growing list of others just as inoculation drives against the illness are beginning in a number of countries.
Macron, who is 42, has repeatedly said he is sticking to strict sanitary protocols during the pandemic, including not shaking hands, wearing a mask and keeping distance from other people. The Elysee Palace announced on Thursday that Macron would be isolating for seven days.
Macron tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, following a week when he has met with numerous European leaders. The French and Spanish prime ministers are among those self isolating because they had recent contact with him. Macron took a test “as soon as the first symptoms appeared” and will self isolate for seven day , the president of france said in a brief statement. It did not detail what symptoms Macron experienced or any treatment he could be receiving.
Macron attended a European Union summit at the end of last week, where he had a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It was not immediately clear what contact tracing efforts were in progress. Then EU leaders met in person on December 10 to 11, for the first time since October. The media has been kept away from the summit venue in Brussels, but television images showed the leaders wearing masks, generally keeping good distancing preferring elbow bumps to the usual handshakes, kisses and hugs and occasionally using hand gel dispensers in the room. “During the European Council of Thursday 10 and Friday 11 all sanitary measures were observed and we have not been informed of any other participant or staff present during the summit who tested positive,” said an EU official, who is to remain anonymous.
Macron had lunch on Wednesday with the prime minister of Portugal. There was no immediate comment from Portuguese officials, the Spanish government, however, announced that Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who met Macron in Paris on Monday, will place himself in quarantine until Dec. 24. Sánchez informed Spain’s King Felipe VI of the decision and canceled a Thursday appearance at Spain’s National Library. Macron also held the government’s weekly Cabinet meeting on that Wednesday. French Prime Minister Jean Castex’s office said that he will also self isolate for seven days. A day earlier on Tuesday, Macron had lunch with the heads of political groups at the National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament so the French presidency confirmed that Macron’s trip to Lebanon scheduled for next week is being canceled.