Highlights

  • French PM Jean Castex tests positive for Covid-19
  • PM Castex tests positive on return from Belgium 
  • Hospitalisation, deaths related to Covid rising in France

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France's prime minister tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, hours after returning from a visit to neighboring Belgium

France's prime minister tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, hours after returning from a visit to neighboring Belgium. France is seeing a nationwide resurgence of Covid infections.

Prime Minister Jean Castex will self isolate for the next ten days, his office said.

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While 75% of France's population is vaccinated, the number of virus infections has risen quickly in recent weeks. Hospitalizations and deaths linked to the virus are also rising in France, though are so far well below the crisis levels of earlier surges.

French President Emmanuel Macron contracted Covid-19 last December, and other government ministers have also had the virus.

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