Spain: King Felipe VI tests positive for COVID-19


The royal palace said Wednesday that Spain’s King Felipe VI has tested positive for Covid-19 but is experiencing only mild symptoms.

The 54-year-old monarch tested positive on Wednesday morning “after experiencing mild symptoms the night before”, it said in a statement.


“His Majesty’s general state of health is good, and he will keep up his institutional activities from his residence,” it said, adding he will quarantine for seven days.

The king had met with Zeljko Komsic, the Croatian member of the Bosnian presidency, in Madrid later on Wednesday.

King Felipe received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in May 2021. The royal palace was contacted by AFP and did not say if he has had other doses since.

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wished King Felipe a “speedy recovery”, adding in a tweet that he hoped the monarch would “quickly return to normal life”.

Queen Letizia and the couple’s younger daughter Sofia are not showing symptoms and will continue their activities normally. Their elder daughter and heir to the Spanish throne, Leonor, attends a boarding school in Wales.

Spain will scrap a mandate to wear face masks outdoors on Thursday as Covid-19 infection rates drop and hospitals report lower admissions.


The measure reverses a step taken last December amid a surge of infections fuelled by the highly contagious Omicron variant.Masks remain mandatory in indoor public spaces, including public transport.

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