Spanish princess quarantined after classmate diagnosed with Covid-19

Princess Leonor, the 14-year-old daughter of King Felipe, will be tested for coronavirus like other students in her class.
Princess Leonor, the 14-year-old daughter of King Felipe, will be tested for coronavirus like other students in her class.PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Princess Leonor, the heir to the Spanish throne, has gone into quarantine after a classmate at her school tested positive for Covid-19, the royal household said on Saturday (Sept 12).

The 14-year-old daughter of King Felipe will be tested for coronavirus like other students in her class at the Santa Maria de los Rosales school in Madrid.

The King and Queen Letizia will continue their royal duties for the moment, a spokesman for the royal household said, as Spain struggles to control a surge in coronavirus cases.

Eight million Spanish children returned to school last week but some schools have closed or sent classes home after students tested positive for Covid-19, while the authorities in Galicia delayed the start of term by a week for students aged 14 to 18.

Spain reported 4,708 new coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing its cumulative total to 566,326, the highest in western Europe, as its total Covid-19 death toll rose to 29,747.