Monaco's Prince Albert II tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco

"Panic is not brought in", the 59-year-old royal confirmed through Austrian TV channel oe24.

Albert, 62, appeared to be the first head of state who has publicly said he contracted the virus. I've a slight fever, not really that bad.

In a statement to The Associated Press and other outlets, the palace of Monaco says Albert is being treated by doctors from the Princess Grace Hospital, which is actually named after his mother.

Prince Albert II will still be continuing to work while keeping in touch with the members of his Cabinet and government.

In a statement, officials from the city-state palace said despite the findings, the prince's health "is not worrying at all".

The Palace said it will be providing further updates on the Prince's health.

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The prince continued that he had been taking precautions, such as using hand sanitizer, in the last few weeks as the number of those infected continued to rise.

The husband of Princess Charlene and father of 5-year old twins Jacques and Gabriella, he is also aware that given his previous health history and age, he fits the profile of those now seen as most susceptible. "And it could have happened at any point in the last 10 days or so".

Albert is the second child of Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Grace.

The news comes just nine days after he was photographed sitting opposite Britain's Prince Charles at a WaterAid charity event in London.

"I can't move much or too soon", he told the publication. Only rigorous compliance with these containment rules will stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. He is the tenth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the principality, which shares a border with France, one of the hardest hit countries in Europe, behind Italy and Spain.

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