Royal health worry: Heir-to-the-throne tested for coronavirus after going into quarantine

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Queen Letizia’s daughter Princess Leonor underwent testing following news one of her classmates had been infected with COVID-19. Princess Leonor has since received a negative test for COVID-19. 

However, the 14-year-old will continue to quarantine on a preventive basis, according to a palace source.

Reported by Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Princess Leonor “will comply with the quarantine that, as a preventive measure, was recommended by the school where she is studying”.

According to the guidelines issued by her private school, Santa Maria de los Rosales, the heir to the Spanish throne will be able to return to her class at the end of next week.

Princess Leonor started her fourth year at this institute last Wednesday. 

Her sister, 13-year-old Princess Sofia, joined her at the same school two days later to begin her third year.

Just a few hours later, news broke Leonor may have come in contact with a coronavirus patient, as one of her classmates tested positive.

School management sent families of all pupils an email informing them of the coronavirus case but reassuring there was “no cause for alarm”.

Only children who had been in contact with pupils in the classroom affected needed to self-isolate, the school said, while “the rest of the students of the school can and should go to their classes without much concern”.

Having been in contact with her elder sister, Sofia must also undergo a 14-day quarantine.

To create an environment as safe as possible for children and school staff, Spanish authorities have created small bubble groups of children attending school. 

This will prevent, the local Government hopes, spreading the infection among too many people should anyone within the bubble get COVID-19.

The number of pupils in each classroom has also been slashed and strict hygiene measures have been implemented to protect children and teachers.

Spain was one of the worst-hit European countries during the spring and is currently going through a second wave of infection.

Provisional data shows the country recorded 11,193 new cases and 239 new deaths yesterday alone. 

While their daughters self-isolate, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia continue to carry out their royal duties.

King Felipe inaugurated on Monday in Madrid an exhibition on the National Geographic Institute.

On Tuesday, he met with the governor of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo.

Queen Letizia was photographed on Monday while she presided over the opening of the school year in two towns in Navarra. 

Together, Queen and King headed yesterday to Zaragoza to mark the 125th Anniversary Of ‘El Heraldo De Aragon’ newspaper.

This event was particularly poignant for the Queen, who before marrying into the Spanish Royal Family was a successful broadcast journalist.

While the King’s daughters are in quarantine, his father remains in the United Arab Emirates, where he travelled in secret on August 3.

The former king, Juan Carlos I, suddenly left the country last month while his finances are under scrutiny in a major corruption probe.

Juan Carlos denies any wrongdoing and has said he is available if prosecutors need to interview him.

He stepped back from public duties in 2014, paving the way to the coronation of Felipe.     

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