As President Emmanuel Macron of France entered his third day in isolation after being contaminated with the coronavirus, his physician stated on Saturday that he was in “stable health condition compared to Friday.”
“He is still presenting the same symptoms of the Covid-19 illness (fatigue, coughing, aches) which do not prevent him from performing his duties,” Dr. Jean-Christophe Perrochon stated in an announcement, including that common medical examinations “have proved to be reassuring.”
On Friday, a day after the optimistic outcomes of his coronavirus take a look at have been introduced, Mr. Macron launched a self-made video during which he promised “to report daily on the evolution of the disease” — an occasion and a dedication that marked a departure from France’s custom of secrecy across the well being of its presidents.
Although it’s nonetheless unclear how Mr. Macron contracted the virus, France’s well being minister, Olivier Véran, stated on Thursday that he had most likely not been contaminated on the presidential Élysée Palace however “possibly at a European Council four or five days ago in Brussels” throughout a dinner with different heads of state.
On Friday, Prime Minister Igor Matovic of Slovakia was reported to have examined optimistic for the virus. Mr. Matovic attended the identical European Council assembly final week.
Speaking of the overall scenario in France, the place the variety of new each day instances have lately rebounded, Mr. Macron warned on Friday: “We have to be vigilant as the virus is gaining in strength again.”
France exited a lockdown imposed to combat again the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic solely days in the past. But the nation is already grappling with a rebound in infections.
“The evolution of the pandemic is worrisome,” stated Jérome Salomon, a high official at France’s well being ministry, including that the upcoming Christmas break may show a “high-risk period.”
The variety of new each day Covid-19 instances, which had fallen under 10,000 in late November because of lockdown restrictions, has picked up once more and reached a median 13,000 instances per day over the previous seven days.
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Hungary’s authorities is extending a moratorium on family and enterprise mortgage repayments till July and halving an area enterprise tax collected by municipalities as of Jan. 1 to help jobs in the course of the pandemic, in accordance with Reuters. Opposition leaders stated the tax reduce would jeopardize public companies and permit the nationalist authorities of Prime Minister Vikto Orban to exert political strain on cities.
Northeastern Aragón turned the fourth area in Spain to announce a tightening of lockdown restrictions forward of the Christmas festive season, with a purpose to rein in a latest uptick in Covid-19 instances. On Saturday, the regional chief, Javier Lambán, ordered residents to stay inside their provinces over the Christmas holidays, making a U-turn on a earlier resolution that the journey ban can be lifted on Dec. 21.
The authorities of Sweden, which has embraced comparatively few coronavirus restrictions and is grappling with a critical rise in infections, issued a number of new suggestions on Friday, together with the usage of face masks. “We need to do more now because the medical system is strained,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven stated. The new suggestions embrace a four-person-per-table restrict in eating places, cafes and bars, and a ban on the sale of alcohol after 8 p.m. Stores, procuring facilities and gymnasiums are requested to additional restrict the variety of individuals of their premises. All nonessential state, municipal and county workplaces will shut till Jan. 24.
Raphael Minder and Christina Anderson contributed reporting.