COVID-positive French labour minister admitted to hospital

A week ago, the 59-year-old tweeted that she “will continue to perform my duties from a distance. Despite some symptoms, I am doing well.” [EPA-EFE/LUDOVIC MARIN]

French Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne has been hospitalised after she tweeted on 14 March that she had tested positive for COVID-19, her ministry confirmed on Monday.

A statement from the ministry on Monday said Borne “has been placed under medical surveillance in a hospital in the Paris region” and her health is “improving.”

A week ago, the 59-year-old tweeted that she “will continue to perform my duties from a distance. Despite some symptoms, I am doing well.”

Her cabinet, Integration Minister Brigitte Klinkert, and Laurent Pietraszewski, secretary of state for pensions and occupational health, said they would ensure the continuity of government work.

While President Emmanuel Macron, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and then culture minister Franck Riester also caught the virus last year, Culture Minister Roselyne Bacehlot announced on Saturday that she had also tested positive for COVID-19.

(Mathieu Pollet | EURACTIV.fr)

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