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French prime minister tests positive for Covid-19, forcing five Belgian ministers to isolate

France’s prime minster has tested positive for Covid-19, forcing five Belgian ministers to also go into self-isolation after meeting with the French politician Monday.

Prime Minister Jean Castex, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for the virus after returning to France from a visit with ministers in Brussels, his office confirmed to CNN.

On his return from Belgium, Castex learned his 11-year-old daughter had tested positive for the coronavirus, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV. The Prime Minister then also tested positive and is self-isolating.

His Belgium counterpart, Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, along with four other ministers, are now self- isolating following their meeting, according to Belgian public broadcaster RTBF.

Castex is not experiencing any symptoms and was feeling good when the positive test came back Monday night, BFMTV reported.

Despite being a “contact case” — a person who had contact with someone else with the coronavirus — multiple times before and his wife catching the disease, Castex had until now never caught the disease himself.

 

Source: CNN

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