French President tests positive for Covid-19

The French president is continuing to isolate after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. Emmanuel Macron is quarantining in one of his official residences outside Paris. Macron is reported to have a fever, a cough and fatigue.

Macron has been working and joined a video call with his foreign minister on Thursday. His wife Brigitte has tested negative, has no symptoms and has stayed in Paris.

The French public will probably not see a return to “normal” post-coronavirus life before autumn 2021, says the president of France’s Scientific Council, adding, “We have a virus which continues to circulate strongly while we are just coming out of a second lockdown.”

Ahead of the expected roll-out of the country’s COVID-19 vaccine, a survey by the French public health agency found that 53 percent of people questioned last month wanted to be vaccinated, a fall from the 64 percent who said they would take the vaccine when asked in a previous survey in July.

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