Coronavirus shuts school attended by Swedish royals

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  • Friday, 06 Mar 2020

FILE PHOTO: (L-R) Ewa and Olle Westling, parents of Sweden's Prince Daniel, Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria holding Princess Estelle, Prince Daniel, Denmark's Crown Princess Mary, Sweden's Queen Silvia, Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, leave the Royal Chapel after the christening ceremony of Princess Estelle in Stockholm May 22, 2012. Princess Estelle is the daughter of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Sweden's Prince Daniel and number two in the Swedish royal succession. REUTERS/Scanpix/Bertil Ericson/Pool

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - An exclusive private school in Stockholm, which counts Swedish royalty among its pupils, closed on Thursday after a student tested positive for the coronavirus, the royal court said.

Attended by Princess Estelle, granddaughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and second in line to the throne, the Campus Manilla school draws its pupils from Sweden's wealthiest families.

"They have had a pupil at the school who has tested positive for the coronavirus, that's the reason they closed the school," the court's press secretary Johan Tegel told Reuters.

The princess is not the pupil who tested positive, Tegel said, adding only that she "did not attend school today."

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sweden rose to 60 on Thursday, the health authority said.

Stockholm's regional authority said on Thursday the cause of infection in four cases - which had been under investigation - could now be linked to travel to infected areas outside Sweden or contact with people from those areas.

The royal court said it did not know how long the school would remain shut.

On Monday, the court postponed a dinner scheduled for this week, citing coronavirus concerns.

(Reporting by Colm Fulton; additional reporting by Johan Ahlander; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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