French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19 after experiencing symptoms and will self-isolate for a week, his office said Thursday,

“The President of the Republic has been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 today,” his office said in a statement. “This diagnosis was made following a PCR test performed at the onset of the first symptoms.”

“In accordance with current health regulations applicable to all, the President of the Republic will isolate himself for 7 days. He continues to work and carry out his activities remotely,” the statement says.

The French presidency confirmed that Macron’s trip to Lebanon scheduled for next week is being canceled.

Macron “will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely”, the Élysée Palace said.

Prime Minister Jean Castex, who was in contact with Macron at the government’s weekly Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, will also self-isolate.

Macron and other government officials repeatedly say that they are sticking to strict sanitary protocols during the pandemic, including not shaking hands, wearing a mask and keeping distance from other people.

President Macron’s movements in recent days

  • On Wednesday, Macron met Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa for lunch, and attended a cabinet meeting, according to the Elysee Palace.
  • On Tuesday, Macron met with various people including the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer.
  • On Monday, he attended a working lunch at the Elysee marking the 60th anniversary of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, where he met with Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez, European Council President Michel and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria.
  • Macron was also at the European Council in Brussels last Thursday and Friday, which was attended by EU leaders.

Spain’s foreign ministry said Sanchez would take the test and quarantine for a week immediately. A spokesman for the European Commission said Michel would go into quarantine “as a precaution,” but noted that as recently as Tuesday, Michel had tested negative.

“Sorry to hear my friend @EmmanuelMacron has tested positive for coronavirus. We are all wishing you a speedy recovery,” Johnson tweeted Thursday.

European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen wished Macron “a quick recovery.”

“I am wholeheartedly with you,” she tweeted, adding: “This pandemic, we are going to defeat it together. We will continue to work hand in hand to immunize and protect our citizens.”

More than 59,300 people have died in France of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to official figures.

The World Health Organization announced Wednesday it was sending a team of researchers to China in the first week of January to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus that led to the global pandemic that has so far killed more than 1.6 million people out of a total of 74.2 million total cases.

The 10-member team will review medical evidence and laboratory samples to determine how the virus that causes COVID-19 has jumped from animals to humans and where it originated. Most researchers believe that the virus, first detected at the end of 2019 in the central city of Wuhan, originated in bats.

President Trump has accused the Chinese government of covering up information about the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the formal approval process for a second COVID-19 vaccine in the United States begins Thursday.