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Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Charles, the first Royal Family member to test positive for coronavirus, is “in good health” as he self-isolates at home in Scotland with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, “who does not have the virus”, says Clarence House

Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at home with “mild symptoms” that are not expected to become more serious.

The Prince of Wales, 71, developed symptoms over the weekend and has had a “high number of engagements” in recent weeks, but it is “not possible to ascertain” where he caught the virus, his spokesman said.

Charles – who has since spoken to his mum the Queen and sons William in Norfolk and Harry in Canada – is the first Royal Family member to be diagnosed with Covid-19. He falls within one of the highest risk categories given his age.

Clarence House said the heir to the throne “otherwise remains in good health” and has been working from home over the last few days despite catching the potentially deadly illness.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has tested negative for coronavirus and is self-isolating with her husband at Birkhall in Scotland, although they are apart from each other at the residence.
Charles last saw the Queen after an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on March 12, and she was in “good health” at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, a spokesperson said.

His dad, the Duke of Edinburgh, was not with the Queen at Buckingham Palace that day, the palace confirmed.

The 93-year-old monarch and her two corgis left her central London residence for Windsor last Thursday, a week earlier than usual for Easter, and is following social distancing guidelines with Prince Philip, 98.

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The earliest date that doctors think Charles was contagious is March 13, a day after he stopped doing engagements as the crisis worsened.
Charles’ positive test was carried out on Monday by the NHS in Aberdeenshire in Scotland, where he had been at Highgrove before going to Birkhall on Sunday.

Six staff members are self-isolating as well.

A Clarence House spokesman 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 Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus.

“In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.

“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.”

Charles and Camilla are self-isolating individually at Birkhall.

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