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Queen of Denmark tests positive for COVID-19

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II has tested positive for COVID-19, experiencing only mild symptoms, the Royal House said yesterday.

The 81-year-old monarch, who received a third dose of the vaccine in November, tested positive on Tuesday evening and “is displaying only mild symptoms”, the court said in a statement.

The queen, who recently celebrated 50 years on the throne, had to cancel a planned holiday trip to Norway and is isolating at her palace in Copenhagen under current health recommendations.

Despite lifting domestic virus restrictions last week, Danish authorities still recommend patients isolate for at least four days.

The Nordic country announced a return “to life as we knew it” despite record levels of new cases, arguing that the milder illness caused by the Omicron variant coupled with a high vaccine uptake allowed it to do so.