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EU leaders in quarantine after French President tests positive for COVID-19

French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, prompting a track-and-trace effort across Europe following numerous meetings between the French leader and EU heads of government in recent days.

Macron on Wednesday met Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa at the Elysee Palace. Costa’s office announced Thursday that he entered quarantine as a precaution and will continue working remotely.

In France, Prime Minister Jean Castex and head of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand were also quarantined after being in close contact with the president on Wednesday.

Macron on Monday attended a convention celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris with leaders, including Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, President of the European Council Charles Michel, and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria.

Michel entered quarantine, his spokesperson Barend Leyts announced on Twitter: “The @eucopresident was informed by the French authorities that he is not considered to be a close contact. He is tested regularly and tested negative on Tuesday. However, as a matter of precaution the president will go into self-isolation.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, is also in quarantine due to his recent contact with Macron.

Spanish media reported that as soon as Macron’s positive result was announced on Thursday, Sanchez told the king that he would not attend any official events and would quarantine himself for a week.He appears to be symptom-free for now and will take a PCR test, according to the Spanish health protocol.

On Dec.10-11, Macron also attended the EU leaders’ summit with leaders from the member states. But leaders who attended the meeting did not announce a quarantine (Anadolu Agency).