Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic has tested positive for COVID-19, the country’s government office said on Friday, less than a day after French President Emmanuel Macron announced it diagnosed with the virus.
“I’m one of you today,” wrote Matovic in a rather emotional Facebook post describing the “tension” and “fear” he felt while waiting for the test results and telling people, “especially to be careful.
“I should spend the Christmas holidays as a helping force in the hospital … Apparently the plans will be a little different now,” he said in his contribution.
Matovic is the second EU head of state to test positive for COVID-19 after a personal summit in Brussels last week. On Thursday, Macron said he would self-isolate after positive test results, while later in the day his Spanish, Portuguese and Luxembourg counterparts Pedro Sanchez, Antonio Costa and Xavier Bettel did the same said they would isolate themselves. Sanchez and Costa met on Monday at an event in Paris on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the OECD agreement with Macron.
Similarly, EU Council President Charles Michel decided to go into quarantine as a precaution, even though the French authorities informed him that he was not considered a close contact. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, despite initially self-isolating, tested negative for the virus and will be back to work on Friday.