Swedish royal family postpones official engagement due to coronavirus

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden (Photo: Getty Images)
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden (Photo: Getty Images)

The Swedish royal family released a statement on Monday saying they’re officially postponing a dinner that was supposed to be held at the Royal Palace this week.

"In recent days, a number of cases of infection from the novel coronavirus have been detected in Sweden," the statement read. "The Public Health Authority considers the risk of detecting cases of Covid-19 in Sweden to be high, but the risk of the infection spreading is considered low.

"Awaiting further development of events, Their Majesties [King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden], as hosts, choose to postpone the Official Dinner that was planned to be held at the Royal Palace on Wednesday, 4 March. This is done out of consideration for the invited guests."

According to People, the major royal event is held a few times a year but is an important one, honouring those who have made contributions to the country.

As it currently stands, the coronavirus has killed more than 3 100 people and infected over 90 000, reports News24.

On Monday, Senegal confirmed its first case of the Covid-19 virus, which is the second known case in sub-Saharan Africa. The first was reported in Nigeria last week.