King Harald of Norway has tested positive for Covid-19, the royal palace announced on Tuesday.

The 85-year-old sovereign is in a fragile condition after several health problems in recent years.

“The king has mild symptoms, and will be out sick for the next few days,” the court said in a statement.

His son, Crown Prince Haakon, will act as interim until his return.

Heart problems since 2005

On the throne for more than three decades, King Harald has always refused to abdicate despite his health problems.

In 2005, he had to have an artificial heart valve implanted.

This had been replaced during a new operation in 2020.

All the other monarchs of Scandinavia have already contracted Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf (75) and Queen Silvia (78) were infected in early January 2022. The Queen of Denmark Margrethe II, 81, contracted the coronavirus last February.

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