Prince of Wales tests positive for coronavirus

Carla Harmon
March 25, 2020

On the mend. Prince Charles has coronavirus.

According to the latest Department of Health and Social Care figures, there are now more than 8,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom - although the actual number cases is likely to be far higher.

The heir to the British throne is showing "mild symptoms" but is in "otherwise good health", a statement said.

A Clarence House spokesperson confirmed the diagnosis in a statement early Wednesday, saying, "The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus".

Duchess Camilla, 72, has tested negative for COVID-19.

Testing took place in Aberdeenshire, and now they're continuing to follow the appropriate government guidelines and medical guidance.

"The statement added that it wasn't possible to determine from whom the prince caught the virus because of his many public engagements in recent weeks", Langfitt reports.

The couple is now staying at Birkhall, their home on Queen Elizabeth's Balmoral estate in Scotland, and both are taking measures to self-isolate from one another.

The monarch last saw Prince Charles briefly after an investiture ceremony for public awards at the palace in London on March 12.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health".

Monaco's Prince Albert also tested positive for coronavirus, making him the first head of state to do so.

A source said his doctor's most conservative estimate was that the 71-year-old prince was contagious on March 13.

Several politicians have also been able to be tested for the virus - including Michel Barnier, the EU's Brexit negotiator.

Charles was tested on Monday and got results on Tuesday, the source said. He had undergone tests after facing "mild symptoms". Reportedly, a royal aide at the palace in London was reportedly diagnosed with Coronavirus before the Queen moved to Windsor Castle.

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