The Archduke of Austria has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in quarantine – making him the first royal in the world to catch the potentially life-threatening virus.
Karl von Habsburg, 59, confirmed the news to Austrian TV channel oe24 after experiencing symptoms a week ago.
Hello! reported that the royal has insisted he is "fine" but find the virus "annoying."
He said: "It's not the black plague.
"I thought it was the usual flu. When a friend called me that he had a positive test at a congress in Switzerland, I was also tested."
Karl's symptoms included a cough, headache and "a little fever".
Speaking to the news outlet oe24, he said he was "completely alone at home".
He added: "I have a friend who puts groceries at my door every two days.
"I was at an event in Switzerland ten days ago, there were also many Italians there.
"When my friend called me there a few days later and said that he had the coronavirus, I knew that I should also be tested. I was out with him for two days."
Police have issued him a "separation notice" which instructs him to self-isolate.
Among other high profile patients, Idris Elba revealed he tested positive for the virus this week.
The actor, 47, told his fans: "This morning I tested positive for COVID-19.
"I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.
"Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing
Tom Hanks was one of the first high profile cases, after being diagnosed with the bug in Australia along with his wife after showing flu-like symptoms.
The couple went into quarantine immediately and left the hospital yesterday to rest up at home.
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