Countess of Wessex self-isolating after coming into contact with Covid positive person
Sophie, Countess of Wessex - Samir Hussein
The Countess of Wessex is self-isolating at home after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for coronavirus, Buckingham Palace said.
Sophie will isolate at her home in Bagshot Park, a Surrey mansion where she lives with husband Edward and their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.
The Prince of Wales contracted Covid-19 in March and suffered from mild symptoms - he lost his sense of smell and taste for a period of time.
A palace spokeswoman said: "Earlier this week, the Countess of Wessex came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.
"Your Royal Highness has no symptoms but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home."
The Countess, whose home is near the Queen's Windsor Castle residence, is believed to have seen no members of the monarchy outside of her immediate family this week.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex at Vauxhall City Farm in London this month - Chris Jackson
The NHS advises on its website that Covid-19 testing should only be done on people who have symptoms or have been asked to be tested. The self-isolation period is 14 days for those expected to stay at home from NHS Test and Trace.
It is not known how Sophie was notified that she had come into contact with someone who later tested positive.
Since then, she has made contact with people she met after this encounter in order to make them aware of them.
The past week has been a busy time for the Countess, who has done a number of engagements in Surrey, London and Leicester that would have put her in contact with many people.
On Sunday she jogged 1.5 miles in Windsor Great Park with a London marathon runner who drew attention to Mencap, a charity for the disabled that she sponsors.
The following day, she attended a school in Hindhead, Surrey, on World Teachers Day, and on Tuesday, in her role as Patron of the Chartered Management Institute, attended the organization's President's Awards in West London.
Sophie traveled to Leicester on Wednesday to visit the National Space Center for World Space Week.
Leicester residents were told not to mix with people outside their household, indoors or in a private garden, and to avoid coming into contact with other households in public places.
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