Prime Minister Jean Castex tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday evening, November 22, and “His agenda will be adjusted in the coming days so that he can continue his activities while being in solitary confinement” for ten days. Contact case after one of his 11-year-old daughters was diagnosed positive, he was forced into solitary confinement at the end of the day and led the meeting with elected officials from Guadeloupe by videoconference.
The head of government “Immediately performed a PCR test, the results of which will be known and communicated in the evening”, had specified Matignon. Jean Castex went to Brussels in the morning where he met his Belgian counterpart, Alexander De Croo.
The Prime Minister was, moreover, accompanied by the Ministers of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, of the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune. The director general of internal security, Nicolas Lerner, that of external security, Bernard Emié, the national counterterrorism prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard, and the national coordinator of intelligence and the fight against terrorism, Laurent Nunez, were also part of the delegation during this trip.
Contact case three times
Jean Castex was initially to receive in Matignon, Monday at 6 p.m., part of the elected officials of Guadeloupe, in order to allow them “To present their analysis of the situation on the spot”, surrounded by Interior Ministers Gérald Darmanin, Overseas Ministers Sébastien Lecornu and Health Minister Olivier Véran.
The head of government, 56, who received two doses of the vaccine in the spring, had so far never tested positive. However, he had already been in contact with Covid-19 on three occasions: in September 2020 during the Tour de France after sharing the car of the competition director, Christian Prudhomme, a second time following a dinner with Emmanuel Macron in December, then in June, after Mr. Castex’s wife contracted the disease.
Before him, President Emmanuel Macron had been diagnosed positive in December 2020. Several ministers have also contracted the virus, such as the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot. That of foreign trade, Franck Riester, was recognized as positive in March 2020, as well as the secretary of state for ecological transition at the time, Brune Poirson and Emmanuelle Wargon.