Another member of the royal family is in self-isolation due to a coronavirus scare.
Buckingham Palace just confirmed that Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is in self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who tested positive with COVID-19.
The Countess of Wessex, self-isolating despite having no symptoms
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In a statement, the wife of Prince Edward is not experiencing any symptoms, but despite this, the 55-year-old royal must observe quarantine as government protocol.
“Earlier this week The Countess of Wessex came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. She is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home,” the statement reads.
Furthermore, she will stay at their country house in Bagshot Park, in Surrey, and asked to have as little contact as possible from the people living in her home.
Other family members safe from Virus
With this, the royal mom is needed to undergo 14 days of self-isolation as part of government requirements regarding containing the spread of the deadly virus.
For a couple of months, some members of the royal family have been doing face to face engagements amid the threat of the global pandemic.
Moreover, U.K’s Express also mentioned that the Countess of Wessex has not been in close contact with other royals except from her husband and two children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.
Earlier this week, Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter-in-law participated in the 2020 London Marathon and was unfazed by the pouring rain as she ran 1.5 miles together with 45,000 to support learning disability charity, Mencap, which she serves as a patron.
Prince Charles, the first Royal who tested positive for COVID-19
This is not the first time that a royal was placed under self-isolation due to COVID-19.
Last March, the Clarence House released a statement confirming that Prince Charles has tested positive to coronavirus and has been quarantining in his Scottish residence of Birkhall.
“The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire, where they met the criteria required for testing. It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” a statement reads.
Despite the diagnosis, the heir to the throne “remains in good health.”
After seven days, the Prince of Wales has been out of self-isolation after displaying mild symptoms.
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