Norway’s 86-year-old monarch, King Harald V, has been infected with the Corona virus for the second time since the pandemic began. He’ll be off on sick leave until he’s free of symptoms, according to a press release from the Royal Palace issued on Sunday.
King Harald was said to have symptoms similar to a cold, and will be resting at home for the next several days, according to the palace. He also tested positive for the Corona virus in March 2022 and was on sick leave for nine days.
Crown Prince Haakon will take over his father’s duties as regent for at the least the next few days. The royals have a busy program this week, highlighted by an annual banquet for all Members of Parliament that’s to be hosted by the king and Queen Sonja on Thursday.
The king was still listed on Sunday as going ahead with his role as host and with other duties from Thursday October 26. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre was among those sending get-well wishes to the king Sunday afternoon.