King of Spain self-insulating after Covid-19 contact

King Felipe VI of Spain is isolating himself after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19, the palace said on Monday.

“A person he was in contact with yesterday tested positive for Covid-19 today,” the palace said in a statement, adding that the 52-year-old monarch had suspended all official activities for 10 days.

“In accordance with the health regulations, he will observe a preventive quarantine for ten days starting now,” the statement said.

Queen Letizia and the royal couple’s daughters Leonor and Sofia “can continue their activities normally”, it added.

Crown Princess Leonor, 15, self-isolated for two weeks in September after a Covid-19 infection was discovered among her classmates. She later tested negative.

Spain is among the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 1.5 million cases and more than 43,000 deaths.

(AFP)