Published On: Wed, Mar 25th, 2020

Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, suffering mild symptoms. He is self-isolating at his home in Scotland with the Duchess of Cornwall, who does not have the virus, Clarence House has confirmed.

A statement released on Wednesday morning said that it was “not possible to ascertain” from whom His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales had caught the virus, but that he had been continuing to work from home “throughout the last few days as usual.”

The 71 year-old prince – along with his 72 year-old wife Camilla – was tested for the deadly virus by the National Health Service (NHS) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

In response to the Prince of Wales contracting Covid-19, Buckingham Palace have also released a statement to insist that Queen Elizabeth II “remains in good health,” having briefly met her son Charles on the morning of March 12.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced stricter measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus pandemic with a nationwide lockdown on Monday evening. All but essential travel has been forbidden. The UK government has told the public to stay at home and banned groups of more than two people.

Earlier this week, Johnson warned Britons: “If you don’t follow the rules, the police will have the powers to enforce.”

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