Charles self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus

Charles self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus

Britain's Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus but is only displaying mild symptoms, Clarence House has announced.

Charles, 71, is self-isolating at home in Scotland with his wife, Camilla, 72, who does not have the virus, a statement said.

Clarence House – Charles and Camilla’s official London residence – said the prince “remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual”.

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

“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 will have met hundreds of members of the public carrying out his official duties, and began the month holding a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Clarence House on March 3, after earlier attending the British Royal College of Music’s annual awards ceremony.

The following day, Charles and Camilla travelled from their London home Clarence House in a new electric double decker bus to the London Transport Museum to take part in celebrations to mark 20 years of Transport for London.

The heir to the British throne also held a number of private gatherings that day, from chairing a meeting of the Royal Collection Trust’s trustees, in his role as the Trust’s chairman, to hosting a dinner for the British Red Cross Society as their president.

Charles was experiencing a busy week and on March 5 hosted a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony presenting awards to dozens of recipients, as the Queen had done a few days earlier.

But unlike previous ceremonies, the Queen wore long white gloves. At the time, Buckingham Palace declined to confirm whether the 93-year-old monarch was taking the precaution because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Later that day, the prince made the trip to Oxford to visit Jesus College, to mark the reinstatement of the professorship in Celtic Studies at Oxford University, and then Kellogg College, to receive the Bynum Tudor Fellowship.

On March 6, Charles attended a string of events in Newquay, visiting a school and a company, and at the start of the following week he attended major events marking Commonwealth Day.

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At Westminster Abbey, Charles had his last public meeting with the Queen as they attended a Commonwealth Day service. Also there was the William and Kate and Harry and Meghan, the latter couple making their last official appearance before stepping down as senior royals.

Charles, and other members of the royal family, were following advice to avoid shaking hands in a bid to stop the potential spread of the virus, although Meghan hugged some of the congregation.

That evening, Charles and Camilla met dozens of staff from the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The following day, March 10, the heir to the throne met Prince Albert of Monaco at a WaterAid event in central London, sitting opposite the foreign royal who would later announce he had contracted the virus.

Charles later attended a series of private meetings, ending with him hosting a Buckingham Palace dinner for his Prince’s Trust.

On March 11, during a day of private events, the prince greeted Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly with a namaste gesture at the Prince’s Trust Awards in place of handshakes.

The next day, Charles met the outgoing Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, privately at Clarence House, one of a number of events staged behind closed doors, and hosted an investiture ceremony – again, meeting scores of people.

Charles’ last meeting with the Queen was on March 12 when he saw her privately in the morning. Prince Philip was not present.

Charles' last public engagement was that evening when he attended a Mansion House dinner hosted by William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London, and George Brandis, the High Commissioner for Australia, in aid of the Australian bushfire relief and recovery effort.

It came as:

– NHS England’s medical director said hundreds of thousands of tests for Covid-19 per day could become a reality within weeks.

– Boris Johnson urged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to “get more Tubes on the line” but resisted calls to ban non-essential construction workers from heading to building sites.

– UK Parliament is set to adjourn for an early Easter break after emergency legislation to tackle Covid-19 is approved.

– Mr Johnson confirmed that UK ministers are considering asking black taxi drivers to act as a transport service for NHS workers.

– A total of 435 patients who tested positive for coronavirus had died in the UK as of today, however the latest figures for England have not yet been announced.

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