French President Emmanuel Macron checks optimistic for Covid

French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a protective face mask, watches as he makes a statement alongside Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas after his meeting at the Elysee Palace on October 28, 2020 in Paris, France.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement by the French Presidency.

“This diagnosis was made after an RTPCR test that was performed as soon as the symptoms first appeared,” Macron’s office said Thursday. The brief statement gave no further details about the symptoms the President had experienced.

“In accordance with health directives that apply to everyone, the President of the Republic will isolate himself for 7 days.”

Macron will continue to work remotely, the statement added.

France has registered more cases of the coronavirus than any other European nation, trailing only the US, India, Brazil and Russia for the highest number of infections in the world.

To date, more than 2.4 million people in France have been infected with Covid-19, with 59,472 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier this week, Macron replaced a six-week ban on movement with a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until mid-January (with the exception of Christmas Eve).

The public health measures stipulate that museums, theaters, cinemas, bars and restaurants must remain closed at least until January.

French ski resorts will also remain closed, but Macron said the hugely popular tourist attractions may reopen “on favorable terms” from next month.

Several other world leaders tested positive for the coronavirus this year, including US President Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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