Prince Charles tests positive, ‘self-isolating’
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Britain’s Prince Charles has contracted coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.
“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus,” his Clarence House office said. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.’’
The 71-yearold son of Queen Elizabeth and heir to the throne is currently “self-isolating at home in Scotland,” according to a spokesman. “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”
The prince’s wife, Camilla, the 72-year-old Duchess of Cornwall, has also been tested but does not have the virus.
Buckingham Palace noted tthat he queen also remains in “good health.”
The palace last week said the 93-year-old monarch was rearranging her schedule “as a sensible precaution” amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The queen last saw Charles for a short time following an investiture ceremony for public awards at Buckingham Palace in London on March 12. A palace spokeswoman said she was “following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.”
March 12 also marks Charles’ last public engagement. He has had a number of private meetings, and participants at those sessions have been made aware of his condition.
A royal source told CNN that Charles (inset) has spoken to the queen and to his sons, William and Harry, in the wake of his diagnosis. Charles has not been to a hospital, the source said Wednesday, adding that he was tested because of his age and medical history.
As a person older than 70, the royal is considered to be at higher coronavirus risk than average.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after weeks of criticism his government has acted too slowly to contain the country’s coronavirus outbreak, on Monday announced a nationwide lockdown mandating people stay home and only essential businesses remain open.
“From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction: You must stay at home,” Johnson said in a prerecorded TV address.