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Macron positive for Covid, recent contacts, including Spain PM, quarantine

Paris, Dec 17 (efe-epa).- French president Emmanuel Macron on Thursday tested positive for Covid-19 and will self-isolate for a week, an announcement that has had knock-on effects for several other high profile leaders and politicians who have been in recent contact with him.

The Élysée Palace said the head of state, who had developed some symptoms, would continue to work during his self-isolation.

The announcement has sparked a domino effect for other senior European politicians.

Macron met with Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez and the head of the European Council Charles Michel on Monday during an event to mark the 60th anniversary of the OECD.

Ángel Gurría, the secretary-general of the organization, was also present. All three attended a lunch with Macron after the ceremony.

The Spanish head of government announced he would observe a period of quarantine.

“On Monday I participated in the ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the OECD. Today I learned that he (Macron) had tested positive and, following protocols, I will suspend my agenda and will be in quarantine until 24 December,” he said in a tweet.

Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa, who was also present at the event, will go into self-isolation as well.

Closer to home, Macron’s positive test has implications for the prime minister, Jean Castex, and the head of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, who both met with the president on Tuesday.

The French president also presided over a cabinet meeting and a defense council, although the presidential office said participants of those events did not have to self-isolate as social distancing and mask-wearing norms were respected.

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