Monaco’s Prince Albert II Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Goes Into Self-Isolation
Monaco’s reigning monarch, Prince Albert II, tested postitive for the coronavirus, though his health is “not worrying,” according to a statement from the palace from Thursday.
The 62-year-old is the son of Prince Rainier III and former American actress Grace Kelly. He is being treated by doctors from the Princess Grace Hospital, which is named after his mother. He has continued working with his cabinet while self-isolating.
The Principality of Monaco, located in the French Riviera in Western Europe, has a population of almost 40,000, and has had 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday. Monaco is surrounded by France, which has been one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus. France has seen almost 11,000 positive tests, and 372 deaths. France has been under “lockdown” the past few days, which may have slowed the spread to Monaco.
Government officials in other countries have also been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, had to self-isolate after she tested positive for the disease. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsanaro and his top communications aid, Fabio Wajngarten, who both recently visited with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at Mar-a-Lago, also tested positive. Two members of congress, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla, and Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, also tested positive. Britain’s health minister, Nadine Dorries, came down with the disease, as well as Australia’s home affairs minister, Peter Dutton. Iran has reported that 8% of their members of parliament, or 23 people, were infected, plus their deputy health minister.