French labor minister tests positive for coronavirus

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French Labor Minister Elizabeth Borne said on Sunday she had tested positive for COVID-19 and would keep working, the latest senior French official to catch the virus.

The 59-year-old, who is number eight in rank in the cabinet, said on Twitter that she was doing well despite having some symptoms.

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“Having tested positive for COVID-19, I will continue to exercise my responsibilities from a distance,” Borne said.

French President Emmanuel Macron, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and then culture minister Franck Riester also caught the virus last year.

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The government is struggling to contain the virus but has so far stopped short of imposing a new national lockdown, opting instead for local weekend lockdowns in some regions and tougher restrictions.

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