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French PM to end self-isolation after another negative COVID-19 test

Cycling - Tour de France - Stage 8 - Cazeres-sur-Garonne to Loudenvielle - France - September 5, 2020. French Prime Minister Jean Castex in the finish area. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested negative for COVID-19 again and will come out of self-isolation on Saturday, a week after being in contact with someone who had a positive result, his office said.

Castex had already tested negative for COVID-19 since sharing a car last weekend with the director of the Tour de France cycle race, who later tested positive.

France is grappling with a resurgence in coronavirus cases, and on Friday the prime minister outlined plans to speed up testing and toughen measures in certain cities as the government seeks to avoid a repeat of the spring’s nationwide lockdown.

(This story refiles to fix typo in reporter’s name)

Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Writing by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Helen Popper

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