King and Queen of Malaysia go into quarantine after staff members tested positive for COVID-19

By Heather Cichowski, with files from Zachary Harper

The King and Queen of Malaysia, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and his wife Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, have gone into quarantine after reports that multiple palace staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to reports, seven of the Malaysian royals' staff members have COVID-19. The King and Queen were tested, and they were both found to be negative. They are now going into quarantine for 14 days, per Tatler.

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The seven staff members who have the illness are reportedly being taken to hospital to try and determine the source of the spread. Additionally, Istana Negara, the official residence of the monarch, is being thoroughly disinfected.

Malaysia is one of the hardest hit countries in southeast Asia in the coronavirus pandemic. The majority of the nation's infections have been linked back to an Islamic conference held at the Sri Petaling mosque in February. Approximately 20,000 people attended the event, with the majority being from Malaysia and the rest coming from Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

Malaysia went into full lockdown last week to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The move has already been extended to April 14 after Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin gave a televised address on March 25 and reported 172 new cases.

The coronavirus has dramatically affected the world, including royals across the globe.

On March 25, Clarence House announced Prince Charles, 71, had tested positive for COVID-19. He became the first British royal to contract the novel coronavirus.

Duchess Camilla, 72, has tested negative. Both the future King and duchess are following medical and government advice, and are reported to be self-isolating separately at their Birkhall home at the Royal Family's Balmoral estate.

Charles and Camilla at a dinner celebrating UK/Ireland relations at Glencairn on May 20, 2019. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"In accordance with government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland," the statement read. "The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing."

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The Queen left Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle on March 19 accompanied by one of her cherished dogs. Photo: © Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Buckingham Palace has also released a statement, reporting the Queen remains in good health. She left Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle on March 19.

On March 25, Her Majesty held her weekly audience with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but did so by phone, and images were shared online.

On March 17, Karl von Habsburg, the ancestral Archduke of Austria, became the first royal to test positive for COVID-19. Prince Albert of Monaco revealed he had contracted the coronavirus a few days later. Thankfully, both have only exhibited mild symptoms. Albert, like Charles, continues to work from home.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have also been affected. Letizia met with a Spanish government minister who later came down with COVID-19. The Spanish King and Queen were both tested and found negative.

As of this writing, the Johns Hopkins Medical Center reports there have been more than 511,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 175 countries, areas or territories. Malaysia has more than 2,000 of those cases. The novel coronavirus has caused more than 23,000 deaths worldwide.

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