1. Royal couple get Covid as Swedish infections hit record

    Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrive with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel to the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in the Blue Hall in Stockholm City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden 10 December 2021
    Image caption: King Carl XVI Gustaf (R) and Queen Silvia will isolate for a week

    And in Sweden which is also reporting record numbers of cases, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia have tested positive for coronavirus and have mild symptoms, the palace says.

    The royal couple, who are aged 75 and 78 respectively, are isolating at the palace in Drottningholm near the capital Stockholm, according to information officer Daniel Urso. In a statement, the palace says they have both had three doses of Covid vaccine and are feeling well under the circumstances. Other members of the royal family contracted coronavirus earlier on in the pandemic.

    The king and queen met their children and grandchildren over Christmas and tested positive on Monday evening as a routine measure because of Sweden's high Covid infection rates.

    A record 11,507 cases were reported on 30 December alone and a total of 42,969 infections over the holiday weekend, according to figures from Sweden's public health agency on Tuesday.