PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday blamed his COVID-19 on charges of negligence and vengeance, urging his compatriots to secure what critics called slip-ups in their behavior to prevent infection Insist on staying. Frequent handshake for large group meals during the past week.
The presidential retreat at Versailles resembled a self-shot video in which he was isolated with headaches, fatigue, and dry cough symptoms, with Macron giving daily updates and “fully” about the development of his illness. Promised to be “transparent”.
“I’m doing well,” he said, dressed gently and carelessly in a turtle top. “Generally, there is no reason for it to develop in a bad way.”
The 42-year-old French leader said his infection “shows that the virus can actually touch everyone, because I am very protected and very careful.”
“Despite everything I caught this virus – maybe, undoubtedly, a moment of carelessness, also a moment of bad luck,” he said.
A European leader, who spent time at the EU summit with Macron last week, Slovakia’s Prime Minister Igor Matovich tested positive for the virus on Friday. Some other leaders present at the summit described the test as negative, while some were not being tested and others have not yet announced the results from their tests.
In France, Macron faced criticism for actions that were seen as setting a bad example as the country sees a new change in athletic affairs and the doctor is looking forward to dinner, especially this holiday season. At the table, caution the families to take precautions.
While Macron usually wears a mask and follows the rules of social perversion, and has insisted that his virus strategy is driven by science, the president has been caught on camera in recent days violating France’s virus-control guidelines Is imprisoned
He greeted the head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Angel Guria, in a meeting on Monday. Both were masked, but Macron’s office admitted on Friday that the move was a “mistake”.
Last week, Macron spent two days in intensive talks at the EU summit in Brussels with the leaders of the other 26 member states. Video excerpts released by the European Union showed that leaders were dispersed in a circle in a huge meeting room – Macron, and most other leaders were not masked.
Macron has also hosted or participated in several large-group meals before testing positive Thursday, including members of his centrist and rival politicians, while advising Frenchmen to avoid celebrations larger than six at present. Is given. His office is contacting attendees for food, but some people sitting away from the president reported that he was not considered a risk.
The Macron office is not detailing his treatment. He is staying at the presidential residence of La Latane in the former red city of Versailles, which has been kept tightly guarded by police.
French health officials are seeing an increase in infections again as Macron tests positive and are giving more and more warnings as French families prepare to come together for Christmas and New Year celebrations. France reported another 18,254 new infections on Thursday and its death toll is just under 60,000.
France’s Pasteur Institute released a study on Friday stating that meal time at home and in public is a major source of contamination. Pasteur epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet said on France-Inter radio on Friday that during the holidays, “We can see each other, there are just not many, and at the critical moments of the meal, there are not many people at the same table.” . “
The Presidency said Macron took a test on Thursday morning “as soon as the first symptoms appeared” and would self-isolate for seven days, the president said. Macron planned to continue working, and went ahead with a planned speech by Videoconference on Thursday.
The French health minister suggested that Macron may have been infected at the EU summit in Brussels last week, but Macron also had several meetings in Paris.
France had Europe’s first virus case in January, but Macron’s government faced criticism for not doing enough masks or tests and limiting the population quickly enough. A strict two-month lockdown reduced infection, and France sent the children back to school and their parents back to work.
But as the infection receded, he announced a new, softer lockout aimed at easing the pressure on hospitals in October. The measures were relaxed a little this week, although restaurants, tourist spots, gyms and some other facilities are closed.
Leicester reported from Le Pester, France. Karel Janicek in Prague, Catherine Gaschka in Paris and Rough Kassert in Brussels contributed.