Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for COVID-19

Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for COVID-19
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth attends the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd in Cardiff, Britain October 14, 2021. Jacob King/Pool via REUTERS

The backstory:

  • The United Kingdom has seen over 161,000 COVID-19 deaths, the second-highest fatality count in Europe after Russia.
  • But in line with the country’s living with COVID-19 approach, the government is due to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions this week. For example, it’s expected that those who have tested positive for the coronavirus will no longer have to self-isolate after the restrictions are lifted.
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson explained to the BBC that it was time to “shift the balance away from state mandation" and said the public can “get their confidence back."

The development

  • Queen Elizabeth II had her first vaccine in January of last year and is believed to have had all her follow-up vaccine shots after that.
  • But on Sunday, Buckingham Palace said that the queen had tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “mild cold-like symptoms." The queen is expected to continue “light duties" at Windsor.
  • The statement added that “She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines."
  • Prince Charles, her eldest son and heir, tested positive on February 10 after meeting his mother on February 8. It’s reported that several people have tested positive at Windsor Castle where the queen lives.
  • “Sure I speak for everyone in wishing Her Majesty The Queen a swift recovery from COVID and a rapid return to vibrant good health," said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
  • Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer said, “good health and a speedy recovery," adding, “Get well soon, Ma’am."

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