French finance minister tests positive for COVID-19

French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

“I tested positive for COVID-19 tonight. I immediately went into isolation at my home in accordance with government health regulations. I have no symptoms. I will remain in solitary confinement for 7 days. I continue to perform my duties,” Le Maire wrote on Twitter.

On Friday, a further 13,215 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in France, making it the highest number of infections recorded in a single day since the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s Public Health Agency said.

France’s cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now totals 428,696. The total number of deaths surged to 31,249, an increase of 123 in the last 24 hours and the biggest daily toll since mid-May, when the country began a gradual de-confinement.