Updated: Prince Charles tests positive to coronavirus

Prince Charles
Prince Charles

Britain’s Prince Charles has tested positive to coronavirus.

The Prince of Wales’ positive test has been confirmed by Clarence House. He was tested on Monday and the results came out positive on Tuesday.

Prince Charles, 71, has been displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health,” CNN quotes Clarence House as saying.

The heir to the British monarchy has been working from home for a few days.

His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, has also been tested but does not have the virus.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen last saw her son, the heir to the throne, on March 12, but was “in good health”.

The palace said the Duke of Edinburgh was not present at that meeting, and that the Queen is now “following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare”.

“In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland, ” a Clarence House statement read.

The statement also said the tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire, where they met the criteria required for testing.

“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 last public engagement was on March 12, but the Press Association news agency reported he subsequently had a number of private meetings with Highgrove and Duchy individuals, all of whom have been made aware.

The virus

Coronavirus was announced to be a pandemic on March 11 with UK schools closing and London put on lockdown.

The Prince of Wales last saw the Queen for a private meeting on March 12, 13 days ago.

Their last public engagement together was at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, the UK Telegraph reported.

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The incubation period for coronavirus is generally about five or six days, but it can be as long as 14 days.

However, data from Worldometers as at 13:45 GMT showed that the total number of cases confirmed in the UK is 8,227.

While the total number of deaths is 433, the number of new cases in the UK as at the time of reporting is 150.

The COVID-19 has killed over 15,000 people globally, the majority of them in Europe and China.


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