King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia, his spouse, examined constructive for the coronavirus on Monday night, the Swedish Royal Court docket stated in an announcement Tuesday.
The king, who’s 75, and the queen, who’s 78, “have gentle signs and really feel effectively underneath the circumstances,” the assertion stated. Each had been absolutely vaccinated and had acquired booster photographs.
The assertion stated the royal couple had “remoted themselves within the house in accordance with present guidelines of conduct, and an infection monitoring is ongoing.”
Sweden has been one thing of an outlier in Europe in its response to the pandemic. Whereas different European nations had been imposing lockdowns in March 2020, hoping to flatten a steeply rising curve of recent infections, Sweden kept the country open and requested residents to observe well being precautions voluntarily.
Although Sweden remained better off than some international locations that enforced strict lockdowns, the early months of the pandemic had been far deadlier in Sweden than in lots of its neighbors, and by December 2020 King Carl XVI Gustaf was calling the nation’s coronavirus policies a failure due to the misplaced lives.
Since then, Sweden has seen main surges in circumstances within the winter and spring of 2021, and new circumstances are hovering once more now because the extremely transmissible Omicron variant spreads in a lot of the world.