Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus – nine days after the monarch was in the same room as Prince Charles for a WaterAid event.
At 71, Charles is in the ‘at risk’ group of the deadly disease.
Prince Albert is the latest of a string of high profile figures to catch the virus which is sweeping the world.
The prince is the first head of state and reigning monarch to announce they are battling Covid-19.
A statement from the palace in Monaco said his condition is not a cause for worry.
It read: “His Serene Highness urges the people of Monaco to respect containment measures and to limit contact with others to a minimum.
“Only the rigorous observance of these containment rules will stop the spread of the virus.”
Earlier today it was also confirmed that the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnie has tested also tested positive for coronavirus.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also in self-isolation after his wife tested positive earlier this week.
This afternoon NHS England announced that 29 more patients in England had died having contracted coronavirus, taking the total to there to 124.
The people who died were between 47 and 96-years-old, and all of the fatalities had underlying health problems.
Earlier today Scotland announced that three more people had died of Covid-19, taking the death toll to six.
A further 24 have been infected in Wales, bringing the total to 170, with two people have lost their lives so far.
It was announced earlier today that a coronavirus patient has died in Northern Ireland, the country’s first Covid-19 fatality.
There are now 77 cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency has announced.
Britons have been advised against non-essential travel to anywhere in the world as the Foreign Office said UK citizens may become stranded abroad as the crisis closes borders around the globe.
In a bid to tackle the disease’s spread schools are due to close on Friday, Gavin Williamson announced last night.
GCSE and A Level exams will not go ahead this year, casting doubt over the academic futures of hundreds of thousands of students.