British Duchess of Cambridge isolated after possible coronavirus exposure

British Duchess of Cambridge isolated after possible coronavirus exposure

LONDON – The Duchess of Cambridge is isolating herself at her home after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for Covid-19, Kensington Palace announced on Monday.

Catherine, the wife of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson Prince William, was alerted on Friday that she would need to self-isolate.

“His Royal Highness has no symptoms, but follows all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home,” the palace said in a statement.

Kate, as it’s less officially known, attended both Wimbledon and the European Football Tournament in London last week. She tested herself with lateral flow tests before each of the events, the palace said.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, in the royal box on center court on day five of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on Friday.Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP

She received both Covid-19 vaccines and twice-weekly tests with rapid lateral flow tests, the palace said.

The UK has one of the highest inoculation rates in the world, with almost 64% of the population having received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. However, recorded cases of coronavirus are increasing, with daily case rates at about the same level as in January. Vaccines are available to anyone over the age of 18.

Although hospitalizations have increased slightly, they are nowhere near the level of last winter’s wave of infections.

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Some coronavirus restrictions are still in place, with gatherings of limited size and masks required in public places indoors. The government has set July 19 as the target date to end all restrictions. The final lift was originally scheduled for June 21, but was postponed after the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant, discovered in India.

The UK has one of the highest coronavirus death rates in Europe, with more than 128,000 people dying within 28 days of a positive test. However, the country also had one of the fastest vaccine deployments in the world, and it was the first country to allow use of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine in December.