Prince Charles tests pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus

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LON­DON: Prince Charles, the el­dest son and heir to Queen El­iz­a­beth II, is show­ing mild symp­toms of the new coro­n­avirus and is self­iso­lat­ing in Scot­land, his office said on Wed­nes­day, as Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son praised the coun­try’s re­sponse to tack­ling the out­break.

The 71-year-old Prince of Wales is staying on his mother’s sprawl­ing Bal­moral estate in Scot­land, but “oth­er­wise re­mains in good health”.

His wife, Camilla, Duchess of Corn­wall, 72, tested neg­a­tive, Clarence House said in a state­ment.

The dis­clo­sure about the fu­ture king, whose age puts him in the mostrisk cat­e­gory for the dis­ease, came as Bri­tain said there were more than 8,000 cases of COVID-19 and 422 deaths. The govern­ment on Mon­day or­dered a three-week lock­down of the coun­try to cut close-contact trans­mis­sion, to slow the rate of in­fec­tion and re­duce the bur­den on health­care ser­vices.

Govern­ment ad­vice is for the el­derly and most vul­ner­a­ble, in­clud­ing those with un­der­ly­ing health is­sues, to stay at home, and any­one dis­play­ing symp­toms to self­iso­late for seven days.

Clarence House said doc­tors be­lieve Charles be­came con­ta­gious on March 13 — a day af­ter last meet­ing his mother.

The 93-year-old queen has been staying with her 98-year-old hus­band Prince Philip at Wind­sor Cas­tle, 640 miles (820 kilo­me­tres) south of Bal­moral, since March 19.

Given their age — and Prince Philip’s stay in hospi­tal at Christ­mas — the prince’s di­ag­no­sis prompted ques­tions about their po­ten­tial ex­po­sure to the virus.

But a Buck­ing­ham Palace spokes­woman said: “Her Majesty the Queen re­mains in good health.”

Mean­while, the coro­n­avirus pan­demic has killed more than 20,000 peo­ple world­wide, most of them in Europe, ac­cord­ing to an AFP tally.

A to­tal of 20,334 deaths were re­ported, of which 13,581 were in Europe. With 7,503 deaths, Italy is the most af­fected coun­try ahead of Spain with 3,434 and China with 3,281, the coun­try where the ini­tial out­break oc­curred.

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