Swedish royals in isolation after Covid-19 spread at funeral
Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip arrive at the Royal Chapel - AFP for the Te Deum harvest festival
The Swedish royal family was forced into self-isolation after Prince Carl Philip and his wife Princess Sofia tested positive for coronavirus after a private family burial.
"Carl Philip and Sofia tested positive on Wednesday. They have mild symptoms and are now isolated with their children," Johan Tegel, spokesman for the Royal Court, told the Daily Telegraph.
The couple appear to have contracted the virus while attending the funeral of Queen Silvia's brother Walther Sommerlath, who died last month at the age of 86 at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, where he recently moved to be close to his sister to be.
"Right before the funeral everyone tested negative, and there were a lot of precautions in order for everyone to attend the ceremony," said Tegel.
According to the court, "fewer than ten" of Mr. Sommerlath's immediate family had personally attended the service, with most of them attending the ceremony via a video link.
The couple first began to experience flu-like symptoms on Wednesday evening.
The Swedish royal family - royalcourt.se
King Carl XVI. Gustaf (74) and Queen Silvia (76) have largely isolated themselves during the pandemic, as have Crown Princess Victoria (43) and her husband Prince Daniel (47).
"The King and Queen and the Crown Princess couple work from home and are all being tested today," said Tegel. "You both feel good."
Carl Philip (41) and Sofia (35) both volunteered. Sofia helped cook food and wash sheets in a Stockholm hospital, and Carl Philip helped coordinate the work of the Swedish armed forces against coronavirus.
To date, none of the other members of the royal family who attended the funeral have experienced any symptoms.
Contact tracing is currently in progress to determine who may have met Carl Philip and Sofia since Friday, if and by whom they were infected at the funeral.
According to the court, Sofia was regularly tested while working at Stockholm's Sophiahemmet Hospital. Other members of the royal family are also frequently tested.
Like Queen Silvia, Walther Sommerlath was born in Brazil to a German businessman's father. He spent most of his adult life in Paris before retiring in Italy with his wife Ingrid.
He only moved to Sweden in October and lived in a house on the grounds of the Drottningholm royal residence.
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