LONDON – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was hospitalized Sunday over an apparent stomach infection that has ailed her for days, a rare instance of ill health sidelining the long-reigning monarch. Elizabeth will have to cancel a visit to Rome and other engagements as she recovers, and outside experts said she may have to be rehydrated intravenously.
Buckingham Palace said the 86-year-old queen had experienced symptoms of gastroenteritis and was being examined at London’s King Edward VII Hospital – the first time in a decade that Elizabeth has been hospitalized.
“As a precaution, all official engagements for this week will regrettably be either postponed or cancelled,” the palace said in a statement. Elizabeth’s two-day trip to Rome had been planned to start Wednesday. A spokeswoman said the trip may be “reinstated” at a later date.
Earthquake in China destroys 700 homes
BEIJING – A moderate earthquake collapsed hundreds of homes and injured at least 30 people in southwest China.
The earthquake bureau in Yunnan province, where the quake occurred Sunday, said three of the injured people were in serious condition.
The official Xinhua News Agency said the quake caused 700 houses to collapse and damaged 2,500 others.
About 55,000 people were affected by the quake, Xinhua said, citing Yunnan’s Civil Affairs Department. Supplies were on their way to the quake-hit area, including 6,000 tents.
The magnitude-5.5 quake struck 32 miles from the city of Dali at a depth of 20 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.