Prince Carl Philip, the fourth in the line of succession to the Sweden throne, and his wife Princess Sofia have both tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Swedish Royal Court confirmed Thursday.
“On Wednesday, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia went into quarantine after they showed symptoms of illness and were subsequently found to be infected with Covid-19,” said the statement.
The statement added that the prince and princess were both experiencing mild flu symptoms. They were placed under home quarantine with their children.
The couple was believed to have caught COVID-19 after attending the funeral for the queen’s brother Walther Sommerlath.
Although the attendees were only few and they all underwent a swab test, they gathered in the same room for the ceremony, according to reports.
As of this writing, Sweden has more than 200,000 COVID-19 cases. Of this number, more than 50,000 have been detected this month.
However, the country is shunning to impose stricter measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, even as medical experts are ringing a bell that its national healthcare system might be exhausted if the surge in cases would continue. Unlike most European countries, Sweden did not impose a lockdown.