French President Emmanuel Macron Tests Positive for COVID-19
French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19.
His office said in a statement Thursday that Macron took the test as soon as the first signs of the virus appeared late Wednesday. The statement did not provide details on what symptoms Macron had experienced or what treatment he might be receiving.
The 42-year-old president will "self-isolate" for seven days to prevent further spreading. His office added that Macron plans to "continue to work and take care of his activities at a distance."
Other top French officials who were in close contact with Macron, including Prime Minister Jean Castex, were also self-isolating. The president's wife, Brigitte, was doing the same. She tested negative and experienced no symptoms, her office said.
Late last week, Macron joined European Union (EU) leaders at a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss climate change. There, he held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The German government said Merkel tested negative after the summit.
During the Brussels gathering, Macron, Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and others were seen talking together inside the meeting room. Television images of the summit showed the leaders wearing face coverings and generally keeping distance from each other.
An EU official told The Associated Press the organization had not been informed about any other leaders or members of their teams testing positive.
More recently, Macron met with European Council President Charles Michel and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. He also held talks with the head of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurria. He met with Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Wednesday.
Sanchez's office said the president would self-isolate until December 24. An EU spokesman said Michel would do the same. Costa's office said the prime minister was also in self-isolation and waiting for test results, but had shown no symptoms.
Macron has canceled all upcoming trips. That includes a December 22 visit to Lebanon, where he has led international efforts to help solve a long-standing political crisis.
News about Macron's infection comes as the country continues to battle COVID-19. France has one of the highest COVID-19 death rates in Western Europe, with nearly 60,000 people killed.
Macron's positive test came just after France eased restrictions that were put in place after a second wave of cases hit the country.
The new rules permit people to go to school and work, but limit travel for most French people. All restaurants, tourist sites and most other public places must remain closed. The recording of over 17,000 new cases on Wednesday alone raised concerns about infection rates as the nation heads into the holiday season.
Macron had planned to appear before the French Senate on Thursday to discuss his government's vaccine plans to fight COVID-19.
French officials have said the country is expected to receive around 1.16 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of this year. A vaccination program for the whole country is planned for the end of spring.
But the French government faces one big problem. A recent public opinion study found that only 53 percent of French people want to be vaccinated. That is among the lowest rates in the world.
Macron is one of several world leaders to test positive for COVID-19. Others included U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
I'm Bryan Lynn.
Worry is a symptom of a deep-rooted fear.
Anyone who wants to avoid the flu should consider getting a vaccination.
The patients were observed over a period of several months.
There is no restriction on article length.
5.A recent public opinion study found that only 53 percent of French people want to be vaccinated.
public opinion 民意
The government cannot afford to be indifferent to public opinion.
The article accurately reflects public opinion.
6.His office said in a statement Thursday that Macron took the test as soon as the first signs of the virus appeared late Wednesday.
as soon as 一...就
As soon as the opportunity presented itself, she would get another job.
As soon as he turned his back, she would make her escape.
法国总统办公室周四在一份声明中表示，马克龙在周三晚上出现新冠肺炎感染迹象后，立即接受了检测 。该声明没有提到马克龙的具体症状或将接受的治疗 。
这位现年42岁的总统将自我隔离7天，防止感染进一步扩散 。总统办公室称，马克龙计划继续工作并远程处理相关事务 。
包括总理让·卡斯特克斯在内，与马克龙有过密切接触的其他法国高级官员也都在进行自我隔离 。总统夫人布里吉特也在开始隔离 。总统夫人办公室称，布里吉特的检测结果呈阴性，而且没有出现任何症状 。
上周末，马克龙与欧盟领导人在比利时布鲁塞尔举行的峰会上讨论了气候变化问题 。他在当地跟与德国总理默克尔举行了会谈 。德国政府表示，默克尔在会后接受了检测，结果呈阴性 。
在这次布鲁塞尔峰会期间，马克龙、默克尔和意大利总理朱塞佩·孔戴等人在会议室内交谈 。电视画面显示，这些领导人戴着口罩并且互相都保持了距离 。
最近，马克龙会见了欧洲理事会主席查尔斯·米歇尔（Charles Michel）和西班牙总理佩德罗·桑切斯（Pedro Sanchez） 。他还与经合组织秘书长安赫尔·古里亚举行了会谈 。周三他会见了葡萄牙总理安东尼奥·科斯塔（Antonio Costa） 。
桑切斯办公室表示，总理将自我隔离直至12月24日 。欧盟发言人表示，米歇尔也将采取隔离措施 。科斯塔办公室表示，总理也将自我隔离并等待检测结果，但是他并未出现任何症状 。
马克龙取消了近期的所有行程 。包括12月22日对黎巴嫩的访问，他在黎巴嫩领导着帮助解决长期政治危机的国际努力 。
马克龙确诊的消息传出时，法国还在对抗新冠肺炎疫情 。法国是西欧新冠肺炎死亡率最高的国家之一，死亡人数近6万 。
新规定允许人们上学和上班，但是限制了大多数法国人的旅行 。所有餐馆、旅游景点和大多数其它公共场所必须关闭 。随着法国进入圣诞假期，仅周三就报告了1.7万多例新增病例，这引发了人们对感染率的担忧 。
法国官员表示，该国预计在年底前将会获得大约116万剂新冠肺炎疫苗 。法国计划春季末在全国推出疫苗接种方案 。
但是法国政府面临一个大难题 。最近一项民意调查发现，只有53%的法国人愿意接种疫苗 。这是全球接种意愿最低的国家之一 。
马克龙是全球数位确诊新冠肺炎的领导人之一 。其他人包括美国总统唐纳德·特朗普，英国首相鲍里斯·约翰逊以及巴西总统贾尔·博尔·索纳罗 。