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French Health Minister Tests Positive for COVID

French Health Minister Tests Positive for COVID

Thursday, 13 January, 2022 - 17:30
French Health Minister Olivier Veran. AFP

French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-isolating.

"I will continue to carry out my duties remotely," Veran said on Twitter, confirming earlier media reports.

France, which has one of Europe’s most-vaccinated populations, reported this week a daily record of more than 368,000 new coronavirus cases. The seven-day average of new cases is close to 270,000, which has resulted in a rise in hospitalizations.

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