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French Prez Macron Tests COVID +ve, PM Modi Wishes Speedy Recovery

“He will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely,” the statement said. 

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French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19, a statement from France’s presidential palace said on Thursday, 17 December.
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French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19, a statement from France's presidential palace said on Thursday, 17 December.

He will be self-isolating for the next seven days, the statement said, adding that a test was carried out “at the onset of the first symptoms”.

"He will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely," it further said.

Macron is the latest among various world leaders who have contracted the infection this year, including US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished him a speedy recovery.

France 5th Worst-Affected Country

France is currently the fifth worst-affected country in terms of the number of coronavirus cases, having recorded over 24,65,000 cases till now. The death toll in the country stands at more than 59,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

An overnight curfew from 8pm till 6am is currently in place in France, with lockdown restrictions having been eased earlier in the week, reported BBC. Restaurants, cafes, theatres and cinemas are shut in the country.

(With inputs from BBC and AFP.)

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