14 août 2022

Covid-19: The Queen of England has tested positive

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The Queen has tested positive for Covid, Buckingham Palace has announced. The monarch had "mild cold symptoms" yesterday. The 95-year-old Queen had been in contact with her eldest son and heir, the Prince of Wales, who tested positive last week.

A number of people have tested positive at Windsor Castle, where the Queen lives. She is the fourth person to have contracted the coronavirus at Windsor Castle since March 2020. According to a statement from the palace, she will continue to receive medical care and follow all appropriate guidelines. She expects to continue her duties and tasks at the palace over the coming week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, "I'm sure I speak for everyone in wishing Her Majesty the Queen a speedy recovery from Covid and a swift return to vibrant health."

The announcement comes just weeks after Britain's longest reigning monarch celebrated her 70th platinum jubilee on 6 February.

On the eve of her jubilee, she made her first major public engagement in over three months, meeting charity workers at Sandringham House.

The Queen, who turns 96 in April, was first vaccinated in January 2021 and is believed to have received all follow-up vaccinations.

Meanwhile, the BBC's health correspondent Jim Reed believes that recently approved anti-viral drugs could help the Queen recover.

He adds that these drugs are now a key way of reducing the risk of vulnerable people needing hospital treatment, and it would be fair to assume that they will be offered to the Queen.

The currently available antivirals must be taken within three to five days of being infected with Covid.

On Tuesday, the Queen attended her first official engagement since joining forces with Prince Charles, holding a virtual meeting with two new ambassadors to the UK.

The next day, she smiled and hinted at mobility problems at a meeting with defence personnel. Standing up using a cane, she pointed to her left leg and said, "Well, as you can see, I can't move."

Prince Charles' wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, tested positive for the virus last week, just days after her husband.

It was the first time the Duchess had caught Covid, and the second time for Prince Charles.

The royal household has its own doctors, and the Queen's is Sir Huw Thomas, a consultant at St Mary's Hospital in London and professor of gastrointestinal genetics at Imperial College London.

He is "head of the medical house", which is part of the royal household and looks after the family's health.

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