French PM tested positive for COVID-19, Belgian PM isolated

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Publish Time: 2021-11-23 Author: From: Xinhua

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (R) and his French counterpart Jean Castex present a wreath of flowers during a tribute ceremony to the victims of the terrorist attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 22, 2021. French Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested positive for COVID-19, French media reported on Monday. Returning from Brussels Monday afternoon after meeting with his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo, Castex learnt that one of his daughters tested positive for COVID-19, Le Figaro reported. De Croo will be tested on Wednesday and will remain in quarantine until the result of his test, local media reported. (Xinhua/Zhang Cheng)

PARIS/BRUSSELS, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- French Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested positive for COVID-19, French media reported on Monday.

Returning from Brussels Monday afternoon after meeting with his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo, Castex learnt that one of his daughters tested positive for COVID-19, Le Figaro reported.

De Croo will be tested on Wednesday and will remain in quarantine until the result of his test, local media reported.

Several senior members of the Belgian government will also go into quarantine to avoid any risks.

French ministers in the delegation include minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, Interior minister Gerald Darmanin, minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti, and Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune.

Castex "immediately got a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, which turned out to be positive," the French newspaper cited the prime minister's office as saying.

The schedule of the French head of government is to be modified for the coming days in order for him to continue working in his isolation. 

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (R) and his French counterpart Jean Castex present a wreath of flowers during a tribute ceremony to the victims of the terrorist attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 22, 2021. French Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested positive for COVID-19, French media reported on Monday. Returning from Brussels Monday afternoon after meeting with his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo, Castex learnt that one of his daughters tested positive for COVID-19, Le Figaro reported. De Croo will be tested on Wednesday and will remain in quarantine until the result of his test, local media reported. (Xinhua/Zhang Cheng)

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (R) and his French counterpart Jean Castex present a wreath of flowers during a tribute ceremony to the victims of the terrorist attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 22, 2021. French Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested positive for COVID-19, French media reported on Monday. Returning from Brussels Monday afternoon after meeting with his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo, Castex learnt that one of his daughters tested positive for COVID-19, Le Figaro reported. De Croo will be tested on Wednesday and will remain in quarantine until the result of his test, local media reported. (Xinhua/Zhang Cheng)

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