QUEEN Letizia of Spain has been tested for coronavirus after a government minister she met recently was diagnosed with the disease.
The former journalist shook hands with equality minister Irene Montero as she arrived at an event last Friday in Madrid they both attended.
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And the pair were pictured giving each other the traditional Spanish kiss on the cheek as Letizia left the meeting with an association caring for sex workers.
Confirmation the royal had been tested along with Spanish King Felipe VI came after it was announced Mrs Montero had become the first Spanish government minister to go down with coronavirus.
She and her partner Pedro Iglesias, one of Spain’s deputy PMs, have both been quarantined.
A Spanish Royal Family spokesman confirmed the tests on the monarchs were taking place because of Queen Letizia’s “recent public activity” and government advice.
The results are expected to be made public tomorrow.
King Felipe VI has cancelled a meeting he was due to hold today with Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejcinovic.
On Wednesday the Spanish royals had lunch with French president Emmanuelle Macron and his wife at the Elysee Palace.
The number of people to die with coronavirus in Spain has now reached 86.
At 1pm today the number of coronavirus cases stood at 2968 – 816 more than yesterday.
Nearly 1,400 are in Madrid, where schools were ordered to shut yesterday for two weeks.
Real Madrid’s footballers were also put in quarantine today after it emerged a Real Madrid basketball player had tested positive for coronavirus.
The deadly bug is rapidly spreading across the continent after arriving from China, where it has infected more than 80,000 and killed more than 3,000.
There are now at least 22,000 confirmed cases in Europe, including 12,000 in Italy and over 2,000 each in Germany and France.
Montenegro is now the only country in Europe without the deadly Wuhan virus, after Turkey reported its first case overnight.
And Robert Redfield, the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said: “If you want to be blunt, Europe is the new China.”
Donald Trump yesterday took the unprecedented step of suspending all flights from 26 European countries for next 30 days to try to stem the outbreak.
The UK and Ireland were exempted from the ban.