Swedish King and Queen Test Positive for COVID-19

By Reuters
January 4, 2022COVID-19
Swedish King and Queen Test Positive for COVID-19
Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden are seen during the Nobel Prize Awards ceremony at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 10, 2021. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

STOCKHOLM—Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have tested positive for COVID-19, the palace said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The King and Queen, who are fully vaccinated with three injections, have mild symptoms and are feeling well, given the circumstances,” the palace said in a statement.

The palace said the king, 75, and the queen, 78, were self-isolating and that work to trace those they had been in contact with was underway.

Carl Gustaf, whose role is largely ceremonial, became Sweden’s head of state at the age of 27, following the death of King Gustaf VI Adolf in 1973, and is the country’s longest serving monarch.

Crown Princess Victoria, his eldest daughter and heir to the throne, had the coronavirus in March last year as did her husband, Prince Daniel. Both recovered after suffering mild symptoms.

The Omicron variant of the virus has spread fast, especially in urban regions. Scientists estimate it now accounts for 50 percent or more of infections in areas such as the capital, Stockholm.

Last month, the government tightened restrictions on public gatherings and urged all those who can to work from home.

Restrictions are still relatively limited, in keeping with government policy through the pandemic of avoiding hard lockdowns.

King Carl Gustaf made headlines in Sweden in 2020 when he said his country had failed in its handling of COVID-19, a sharp criticism of a pandemic policy partly blamed for a high death toll among the elderly.

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