Charles Michel exits coronavirus quarantine

European Council President Charles Michel is doubly negative — for COVID-19, that is — and he couldn’t be happier about it.

On Tuesday, Michel postponed an EU leaders’ summit that had been scheduled for this week — upending the agendas of the 27 EU heads of state and government, as well as hundreds of officials, diplomats and journalists — and went into precautionary self-isolation after a security officer with whom he had been in close contact tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a sign of confidence about his health, Michel immediately rescheduled the summit, which had been planned for Thursday and Friday, for the same days next week.

On Friday, his spokesman, Barend Leyts, tweeted that Michel’s confidence was well-placed and that he had received test results showing he was negative for the virus, and confirming a similarly negative test on Monday. As a result, Leyts wrote: “The president is no longer in quarantine and continues preparing for the special European Council of October 1 and 2.”

The summit will focus on EU-Turkey relations.

On Friday afternoon, Michel is due to make an address to the United Nations General Assembly — in a pre-recorded video speech. The traditional UNGA week, normally an annual highlight of global diplomacy, was changed to a nearly all virtual format because of the pandemic.

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