Prince Albert II Is First Head of State to Publicly Announce COVID-19 Diagnosis

Prince Albert II has tested positive for COVID-19.

On Thursday, the palace of Monaco announced the test results of its 62-year-old ruler, who appears to be the first head of state to publicly announce his or her diagnosis.

However, the European country says the prince’s health is not of concern, as he is being treated by doctors from the Princess Grace Hospital, named after his American actress mother.

Officials say the monarch will continue to work from his palace and is in constant communication with members of his government.

In the statement, the sovereign city-state urges residents to follow measures — such as confinement — to mitigate spread of the virus.

Albert and his wife, the former Charlene Wittstock, share 5-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.

This week, Karl von Habsburg, the Archduke of Austria, appeared to be the first royal to announce his or her coronavirus condition.

“It’s annoying, but I’m fine. It’s not the Black Plague,” von Habsburg told Austrian TV channel oe24 via phone. “I thought it was the usual flu. When a friend called me that he had a positive test at a congress in Switzerland, I was also tested.”

He added, “I have to expressly praise the Austrian authorities, because they act with measure and aim. Panic mood is not appropriate.”


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