Coronavirus Updates: President Macron tests positive for Covid

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Coronavirus Updates: President Macron tests positive for Covid
Coronavirus Updates: President Macron tests positive for Covid

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, the French presidency has said.

The 42-year-old took a test after symptoms appeared and will now isolate for seven days, a statement from the Elysee Palace said.

Mr Macron “is still in charge” of running the country and will work remotely, said an official.

France this week imposed an overnight curfew to help deal with soaring cases there.

There have been two million confirmed cases in the country since the epidemic began, with more than 59,400 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

– ‘No hope’ could mean lack of discipline in harsh tier areas, warns MP

Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, said: “By the time the tiering system came in on Dec 2, North West Leicestershire would have qualified, had it not been for what was going on in Leicester, for Tier 2.

“The real unfairness is that we were linked to Leicester, the city that was first put into a local lockdown – it’s been in, I think, 40 consecutive weeks of lockdown.

“There’s no hope for my constituents and we all need hope … if hope is lost, then I worry if the discipline that has seen us through so far will disappear and then it’s going to be a disaster.”

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