PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) according to a statement by the presidential Elysee Palace on Thursday.
The 42-year-old will be self-isolating for seven days but “will continue to work and take care of his activities at a distance,” the statement added.
The office is currently working to identify everyone the president has come into contact with in recent days while his upcoming trips have been cancelled, including a scheduled visit to Lebanon.
French President Emmanuel Macron has recently been in contact with the EU chief Charles Michel and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who are also self-isolating after the development.
Coronavirus cases have been surging in France with more than two million confirmed infections and 59,400 deaths since the pandemic took hold of the country.
The country has imposed an overnight curfew to help with the rising number of coronavirus cases.