Frenchman Macron leaves isolation after a week with the virus

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PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron no longer has viral symptoms and was emerging from isolation on Thursday after a week with COVID-19, but urges the French public to limit contact and remain vigilant to keep infections under control for Christmas holidays.

Macron’s office said he was completing a week of isolation at a presidential retreat in Versailles based on French health protocols, which recommend seven days of isolation after symptoms appear or a positive viral test is tested. .

In a seemingly self-supporting video from last week’s presidential retreat, a tired-looking Macron said he suffered from a dry cough, headache and fatigue, and said the neglect and bad luck had led him to be infected.

French authorities have lifted virus restrictions for the holidays, but infections remain high and some doctors are calling for new lockdown measures.

As families prepare to reunite for the traditional Christmas dinners on Thursday, Karine Lacombe, head of the infectious diseases department at Saint-Antoine hospital in Paris, warned: “It’s a risky evening, the meal is one of the most risky situations for transmitting the virus. “

But after an emotionally trying year, “it’s important to take into account the need to have a bit of conviviality, it’s a balance between benefit and risk,” she said on the radio. France-Info.

France recorded nearly 15,000 new infections on Wednesday and recorded nearly 62,000 confirmed virus-related deaths in total.

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