Emmanuel Macron, 42 years, French President, tests positive for COVID-19

Emmanuel Macron, 42 years, French President, tests positive for COVID-19

Emmanuel Macron, President of France, has tested positive for novel coronavirus on Thursday. "The president tested positive for COVID-19 today (Thursday)," the French presidency said in a statement. He had been tested after the "onset of the first symptoms," the statement further mentioned. Macron is the latest major world leader to become infected with the coronavirus after President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Johnson was gravely ill with the disease before recovering.

Complying with the national regulations in France, Macron will now "self isolate for seven day". "He will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely," it said. All other meetings to be held via video-conference, the French Presidency said. 

They added he was trying to assess where he could have contracted the virus. Macron was at a European Council heads of state meeting on 10-11 December.

French President will cancel all his forthcoming trips, including a scheduled visit to Lebanon, after being diagnosed with COVID-19, a French president's spokeswoman told Reuters.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed the news. Prime Minister Jean Castex will also self isolate after coming into contact with Macron over the last few days, said Gerard Larcher, head of the Senate, the upper house of the French parliament.

Castex shows no symptom but will no longer be going to the French Senate Thursday to outline his government's vaccine strategy to combat COVID-19, his office said in a statement.

The country has been severely affected by coronavirus pandemic. France reported 17,615 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the biggest spike in COVID-19 count since 21 November.  It has registered 2,409,062 cases since the outbreak.

At least 289 people succumbed to death on Wednesday, taking the toll to 59,361.