Two days after meeting Emmanuel Macron in Paris, the President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch tested positive for Covid-19 on his return to Tahiti, a press release from his communication service announced on Sunday. “President Edouard Fritch tested positive for Covid-19 upon his return from Paris,” the statement said. “As a precaution and protection measure, his companion, who traveled with him, was also tested and is negative,” according to the text.
Edouard Fritch (68) met President Macron on Thursday, before taking the plane the next day for Papeete. He took a sample on Saturday evening “because he had a little fever and joint pain”. The result was “positive” on the night of Saturday to Sunday, the statement said.
He was placed in septaine, but his condition is “not worrying”
During his stay in Paris, Edouard Fritch also met Prime Minister Jean Castex and Overseas Minister Sébastien Lecornu a week earlier, as well as Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, Monday, October 5. Edouard Fritch “had been declared negative in the RT-PCR test carried out in Paris, 3 days before his departure”, indicated his communication service. It was during a new test, carried out in Tahiti, that he was declared positive. He was placed in septaine, a seven-day isolation. According to the press release, his condition is “not worrying”. Several ministers of his government, who remained in Tahiti, have also tested positive in recent days.