PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, The Associated Press reported Thursday morning.
“The president tested positive for COVID-19 today,” the Elysee Palace said in a statement, according to French news agency Agence France-Presse.
The statement added that Macron will “self-isolate for seven days,” the current isolation period recommended by French health officials, and “continue to work and carry out his activities remotely,” the agency reported.
The announcement came one day after Macron participated in a Cabinet meeting with other officials, according to the AP. Prime Minister Jean Castex, who was at the meeting, also will self-quarantine for the recommended seven-day period, the AP reported.
In addition, Macron recently met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel while attending a European Union summit, according to the AP. He also had a meeting Wednesday with Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, the news agency reported.
According to a tally by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, France has reported nearly 2.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 59,000 deaths.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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