21st January 2021
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Felipe VI self-isolating after Covid-19 contact

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Spain’s king Felipe VI is in self-isolation after having come into contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19, the Spanish royal household has said.

‘A person with whom he was in contact yesterday tested positive for Covid-19 today [Monday],’ the palace said in a statement. It also said that Felipe VI, aged 52, had suspended all official activities for 10 days. La Zarzuela palace would not disclose who the person was, nor the circumstances of the meeting with Felipe VI, stating that the king’s timetable on Sunday had been private.

Felipe VI and Letizia
Felipe VI and Letizia photographed at the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid on 6 October 2020 (Pool Moncloa / Fernando Calvo

‘In conformity with health rules, he will observe a preventative quarantine for 10 days starting now,’ the statement said. Queen Letizia and the royal couple’s daughters Leonor and Sofia ‘may continue their activities normally’, it added.

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

Prior to Felipe VI being made aware of the positive Covid-19 diagnosis on Monday, he had attended a meeting of the Elcano Royal Institute’s scientific council during the morning at El Pardo palace in Madrid. Images of the event had been tweeted by the royal household during Monday.

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