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Lithuanian foreign minister self-isolating after French visit

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Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevicius will self-isolate for a week after contact with members of visiting French President Emmanuel Macron’s delegation who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

The minister was present at several events during the Sept. 28-29 visit, spokeswoman Rasa Jakilaitiene said.

The two members of the French delegation who tested positive were resident in Vilnius and not part of the travelling delegation from Paris, who had all tested negative before landing in Lithuania, Macron’s office said.

“All social distancing rules have been respected. The president is not a contact case,” an official at Macron’s office told Reuters, adding that neither were the ministers travelling with Macron.

It was not immediately clear if Linkevicius, who had met Macron during the visit, had been tested

President Gitanas Nauseda, his wife and several members of his office took coronavirus tests on Sunday. All the results were negative, the president’s office said in a statement.

On Saturday, five members of the president’s office were asked to self-isolate due to having had close contact with the French delegation. The president and his family are not among them, his office said.

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