Covid-19: Jean Castex tested positive for Covid-19, at least 4 ministers in quarantine

First contact case and put in isolation, Jean Castex was tested this Monday positive for Covid-19. Earlier today, his 11-year-old daughter had also tested positive, prompting him to take a test. According to the rules in force, the Prime Minister will have to observe a ten-day isolation. “His agenda will be adjusted over the next few days so that he can continue his activities while being in solitary confinement”, specifies Matignon.

After his daughter tested positive on Monday, Jean Castex “immediately performed a PCR test, which turned out to be positive”, explained Matignon. The Prime Minister had received his second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine last June.

The Prime Minister was initially due to receive in Matignon, on Monday at 6 pm, some of the elected officials of Guadeloupe in order to allow them to “present their analysis of the situation on the ground”, surrounded by the Ministers of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, of the Outre -mer, Sébastien Lecornu, and Health, Olivier Véran. The Prime Minister in solitary confinement, the meeting had finally taken place in videoconference.

Belgian Prime Minister in isolation

This positive test is a difficulty for the Prime Minister since he has made many trips in recent days. In France, a contact case is considered to be any person having had contact without a mask with the positive person “face-to-face, less than 2 meters, whatever the duration” or having been, indoors, in the same room. , “For at least 15 consecutive minutes or cumulative over 24 hours”.

Jean Castex went to Brussels in the morning, Monday, where he met his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo. The Prime Minister placed himself in isolation after the announcement of Jean Castex’s positive test, his cabinet said. Jean Castex was also accompanied, during this trip, by the Ministers of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti, of the Secretary of State for Europe, Clément Beaune.

This is the first time that the Prime Minister has tested positive for Covid-19. However, he has been in solitary confinement several times, having been in contact on several occasions. Last June, he had already had to go into solitary confinement after his wife tested positive for Covid-19. Before that, in September 2020, he had been in contact with the president of the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme. In December 2020, the Prime Minister was then contacted by Emmanuel Macron.

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