The president of France Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Elysee confirmed this Thursday.
“This diagnosis was made after a RTPCR test performed at the onset of the first symptoms,” the official press release writes.
The 42-year-old French president will isolate himself for 7 days “in accordance with current health instructions applicable to all,” reports the Elysee.
“He will continue working and carrying out his activities remotely.”
The head of the Spanish Government Pedro Sánchez has announced that he will quarantine until next 24 from December. The two leaders met in Paris on Monday for the ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Convention of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
This event was also attended by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and Ángel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex has also decided to isolate himself as a possible contact case and will not go to the Senate this Thursday as planned.
France recorded more than 17,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, according to French Public Health figures on Wednesday, the day after the second lockdown was lifted.
Just 17,615 more people tested positive, compared to 11,532 on Tuesday. The positive test rate was stable at 6.2%.
The end of the second confinement in France
The pressure on ICU services continues to ease, as they received 2,840 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday, compared with 2,871 the day before. Admissions were 220 in the last 24 hours, compared with 211 the day before.
The number of patients in intensive care, useful for assessing the pressure on hospital services, had fallen below 3,000 last Thursday for the first time since late October.
The total number of people hospitalized rose to 25,282 (including 1,664 new admissions), a relatively stable figure compared to Tuesday (25,207).
In the last 24 hours, 292 people have died in the hospital, bringing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the epidemic last March to 59,361, including 40,942 in the hospital.
The second lockdown, in effect since October 30, was lifted on Tuesday and was replaced by a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
On October 29, Macron declared that “our long-term goal is simple: dramatically reduce pollution from 40,000 contaminations per day to 5,000.”