Michel Barnier tests positive for deadly coronavirus as Brexit talks are cancelled

After news emerged that this week’s Brexit trade talks were cancelled, the 69-year-old Frenchman today announced the news he had tested positive for the virus via with Twitter feed. He assured his followers he remains in good spirits and is “morale is good”. Mr Barnier is the second high-profile European Commission official to have gone into self-isolation in the last week.


Writing on Twitter, Mr Barnier said: “I would like to inform you that I have tested positive for Covid-19.

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

“For all those affected already, and for all those currently in isolation, we will get through this together.

The Brussels bureaucrat is known for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and his love of walking through the mountainous Savoie region in the French Alps.

During the first round of UK trade talks at the begining of the month in Brussels, Mr Barnier and his counterpart, David Frost, agreed officals would avoid handshakes to stop the spread of the virus. 

They have since suspended face-to-face talks as the coroanvirus crisis deepens across the Continent.

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