Macron tests positive, Rutte will not go into quarantine following meeting at EU Summit

A spokesperson for Rutte has confirmed that the prime minister will not be going into quarantine after French president, Emmanuel Macron’s, positive test for coronavirus.

Whilst Macron and Rutte came into contact at last week’s EU Summit on Thursday, the French president was not contagious at this point, a spokesperson for Rutte has said. For this reason, it will not be necessary for Rutte to quarantine.

Macron is now in quarantine with his wife but he feels well enough to continue working. Rutte took to Twitter to wish the French president a speedy recovery.

Other leaders in quarantine

According to RTL Nieuws, other EU leaders will be quarantining following interactions with the French president.

The Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has decided to go into quarantine following his presence at the EU Summit. The decision was made “as a precaution.”

A person is believed to be contagious with coronavirus approximately 48 to 72 hours before symptoms show.

How do you feel about the Prime Minister’s decision not to quarantine? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below! 

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Sarah O'Leary
Sarah O'Leary
Sarah originally arrived in the Netherlands due to an inability to make her own decisions — she was simply told by her mother to choose the Netherlands for Erasmus. Life here has been challenging (have you heard the language) but brilliant for Sarah, and she loves to write about it. When Sarah is not acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her sitting in a corner of Leiden with a coffee, trying to sound witty.


  1. This is clearly a case of do as I say not as I do. I don’t necessarily think going into quarantine is a great idea but on the other hand if other people have to do it the “fearless leader“ should also do it


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