The French presidency announced on Thursday that their President Emmanuel Macron has been infected with the coronavirus. The office announced that the President got himself tested as soon as the first set of symptoms showed up. However, it has not been made clear what exactly the specific symptoms were.
The office of Jean Castex, the country’s Prime Minister will also be working in isolation for the next two weeks, due to close proximity with the President.
Macron’s testing positive has caused a slight sense of panic among some other world leaders, since he met several foreign and domestic officials in the past week, including the prime ministers of Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg and European Council chief Charles Michel, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- all of whom are now isolating as a precaution. In a brief statement given by the presidential Elysee Palace, it has been announced that Macron will isolate himself for the next seven days, but continue his work and take care of his activities from a distance.
While proving that no one is immune to this virus, COVID-19 has infected other world leaders such as President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Jair Bolsonaro, among others.
Europe has become the first continent to pass 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19. As winter strikes, Europe has once again come into the epicentre of the global pandemic, dealing with an intense second wave of the disease. Several countries around the continent have gone into strict curfew and lockdowns, trying to prevent a larger surge during the holiday season. With the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNtech, already being rolled out in Britain and the United States, other countries in the European Union are making promises to immunize the masses by the end of this year.