Jack Quann
Jack Quann

10.48 19 Mar 2020


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The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a series of multi-language tweets, he said: "I would like to inform you that I have tested positive for COVID19.

"I am doing well and in good spirits. I am following all the necessary instructions, as is my team."

The 69-year-old French politician added: "For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together."

He was appointed as chief negotiator of the Brexit task force back in October 2016.

Before that, he held several EU roles, including as a special advisor on European defence and security policy and as vice-president in charge of internal market and services.

He has also previously served as France's Minister for European Affairs.

Earlier this week, he wished a happy St Patrick's Day "to all my Irish friends around the world".

He added: "These are challenging times for all of us but through unity and solidarity, we will overcome this crisis - together, le chéile.

"Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh!"


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