Macron is doing better after receiving Covid-19, says Élysée Palace

French President Emmanuel Macron’s health is showing signs of improvement after testing positive for Covid-19 on December 17, the Élysée Palace said on Wednesday.

Macron tested positive for the virus on Thursday and showed symptoms of fatigue, cough and muscle pain.

The president, who locked himself in an official residence near Paris from which he runs remote meetings, had promised daily updates on his health.

He “is now showing signs of improvement,” the Élysée Palace said without giving details.

All previous daily updates had said that the 43-year-old president was in a “stable” state.

The French authorities are worried that the holiday season may see a new increase in infection, after the country’s total number of deaths in Covid-19 exceeded 60,000 last week.

Authorities said late Tuesday that nearly 12,000 new cases had been reported in the previous day and 386 deaths.

A vaccination campaign will start on Sunday, with health workers and the elderly among the first to receive Covid-19 shots, the government said.

The EU gave the green light for the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Monday, paving the way for the first vaccinations to start in 27 countries shortly after Christmas.

( Jowharwith AFP and REUTERS)