Prince Albert II of Monaco tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 62-year-old is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco and head of the princely house of Grimaldi.

A statement from the Palace of Monaco said he has been tested for COVID-19 and the result are positive.

On Tuesday evening he made a televised speech announcing urgent new reforms to curb the spread of coronavirus within the principality.

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Following the example of France and other European neighbours, total isolation has been decreed in Monaco. They were put into place at midnight on Wednesday for an indefinite period.

Prince Albert II decreed that travel should be limited only to essential trips for food and medicine, similar to the approach taken in neighbouring countries also grappling with the outbreak.

Monaco businesses have been told to offer employees the possibility of working remotely, and will receive assistance from the government to minimise the pandemic's economic impact.

"The way out of this health crisis will depend on your ability to comply with the measures applied," the Prince said in his speech on Tuesday evening.

The Monaco Grand Prix has been postponed, the FIA announced today, along with the Dutch and Spanish Grands Prix.

The Principality of Monaco is the second-smallest country in the world, with an area of 2.02km 2 and a population of 38,682.

Prince Albert, who has acted as the head of state since 2005, is the son of Hollywood screen legend Grace Kelly, who became the Princess of Monaco in 1956.

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