King and queen of Norway go into quarantine after an infection case at the Palace

King Harald queen SonjaPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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The royal couple and 14 employees at the Royal Court are in quarantine after an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The king is in self-imposed home quarantine, while the queen is in quarantine as a result of close contact with the person in question, a press release from the Royal House stated. 

Neither King Harald nor Queen Sonja has symptoms.

As a result of the quarantine, King Harald will lead the cabinet next Friday by telephone from Bygdøy royal estate. 

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“The court has routines that are in line with rules and recommendations from the authorities related to infection control, including the practice of distance regulations, the use of face masks, intensified cleaning and hand hygiene, as well as the use of home office,” the Royal House wrote in the press release.

The king was on sick leave for a period of time this autumn after he underwent a successful heart valve operation on October 9. 

He was discharged on November 1 and held audiences with new ambassadors from Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Greece on November 5.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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