Queen Elizabeth resumes work after fear of coronavirus
LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II is returning to work following a Covid scare, Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday, ending more than a week of concerns about the health of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. It was announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus.
The palace said the monarch was feeling well enough to resume virtual engagements and other duties, including spectators, with representatives from other countries.
Queen Elizabeth, 95, first tested positive for the coronavirus on 20 February, with the palace describing her symptoms as mild.
It was unclear where or from whom the Queen got the infection, but several others at her residence at Windsor Castle, west of London, also tested positive, suggesting an outbreak there. The Queen also recently visited her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, who was later reported to be in isolation after being re-infected with the coronavirus.
The palace said that after testing positive for the first time, Elizabeth canceled some virtual engagements at least twice after showing mild symptoms, but continued with “light duties”.
She received her first coronavirus vaccination in January 2021, but the palace did not confirm whether she received the latter dose. Charles has said that he has been fully vaccinated and has received a booster.
Still, news that a potentially deadly virus had infected the Queen, who recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of her reign, raised concerns about her well-being. She had spent most of the pandemic in quarantine at Windsor Castle with her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April at the age of 99.
In the fall, she canceled several public appearances and was admitted to hospital for tests and advised rest before being discharged.
England’s coronavirus restrictions have now expired, including a legal requirement for those who test positive to isolate for five days. The so-called Covid passport will eventually be phased out in April.
Mark Landler Contributed to reporting.
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