Queen Elizabeth II Tested Positive for COVID-19

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Buckingham Palace released an official statement on Sunday regarding Queen Elizabeth II’s health. The 95-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms but will continue performing her duties. 

The British Royal received well wishes from across Britain’s political spectrum.

The queen, vaccinated and has received her booster shot, will remain at Windsor Castle for the coming week. She is expected to carry out “light” duties there, said the palace. 

“She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines,” said the palace in a statement. 

Queen Elizabeth is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, having marked her 70th year on the throne last February 6; the day also marked the death of King George VI in 1952. 

While the UK has announced that they will soon lift the isolation requirement for England, those who test positive are still required to self-isolate for at least five days.

Prince Charles, the queen’s eldest son, and Camilla, her daughter-in-law and Duchess of Cornwall, were infected with the virus earlier this month. Charles has returned to work after then. There are also speculations that many staff at Windsor Castle, where the queen is staying, have contracted COVID-19. 

“If you do get them early enough, it does reduce the risk of severe disease developing, so I would imagine any doctor for a patient in their 90s would be considering giving these antivirals,” he said. 

On Sunday, the senior British politicians sent their get-well wishes to Queen Elizabeth. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “I’m sure I speak for everyone in wishing Her Majesty The Queen a swift recovery from COVID and a rapid return to vibrant good health.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid stated, “Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a quick recovery,” opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, on the other hand, said that he wished the queen “good health and a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Ma’am.” 

While Elizabeth has been relatively healthy for most years on the throne, she recently spent a night in a London hospital for unspecified reasons.