French Minister of Finance, Bruno Le Maire has tested positive for coronavirus but has no symptoms and is working from home.
“I tested positive for COVID-19 this evening,” Le Maire wrote in a Twitter post on Friday. The French Minister said he is isolating at home, in accordance with the health rules issued by the government.
“I have no symptoms. I will stay in solitary confinement for 7 days. I continue to perform my duties,” Le Maire added.
J’ai été testé positif à la COVID-19 ce soir. Je me suis immédiatement mis à l’isolement à mon domicile conformément aux règles sanitaires édictées par le gouvernement. Je ne présente aucun symptôme. Je resterai à l’isolement pendant 7 jours. Je continue à exercer mes fonctions.
— Bruno Le Maire (@BrunoLeMaire) September 18, 2020
Le Maire’s announcement came amid an alarming spike of COVID-19 cases in France. Only on Friday, the country reported 13,215 new cases and 154 new deaths, with epidemiologists attributing the increase of cases to a combination of faster circulation of the virus and a six-fold increase in testing since the government made it free.
Earlier in September, the country’s Prime Minister, Jean Castex was put in isolation after coming in contact with the director of the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme, who had contracted the virus. Castex tested twice for COVID-19, producing negative results.