Covid: King Felipe of Spain in quarantine after contact

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Spain's King Felipe VI has begun ten days of quarantine after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus.

Palace sources say the king, 52, was in "close contact" with the individual on Sunday, but gave no further details.

The monarch's wife and the couple's two daughters will continue their activities as normal.

Spain has recorded nearly 1.6 million cases and 43,131 deaths since the pandemic began.

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Last week, the World Health Organization warned that Europe, which is once again at the centre of the pandemic, faced a "tough" six months ahead.

However, recent results from a number of vaccine trials have given hope and on Tuesday the Spanish government is due to meet to discuss plans to vaccinate the population.

Last week, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the country hoped to offer the vaccine to "a very substantial part" of its population within the first half of 2021.

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