PRINCES Charles, 71, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Clarence House announced today.
The future king had mild symptoms but remains “healthy” after being diagnosed with the virus on Monday evening.
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Camilla, 72, tested negative for the virus, the couple are now self-isolating at home in Balmoral, Scotland.
He is believed to have suffered mild symptoms over the weekend when he was at Highgrove House in Gloucester and flew to Scotland on Sunday evening where he was tested on Monday.
It is understood that he is in a good mood and remains standing.
Buckingham Palace has since confirmed that the queen is “in good health” after traveling to Windsor last Thursday with Prince Philip a week earlier than expected.
Charles recently saw the Queen “briefly” on March 12.
Medical experts believe that Charles would have been contagious on March 13 at the earliest.
Charles also spoke to his two sons, Prince William, 37, in Norfolk and Prince Harry, 35, in Canada after the news.
Confirming the news today, Clarence House said, “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“He has mild symptoms but remains in good health and has worked as usual at home for the past few days. ”
Six other staff members now isolate themselves with them.
Clarence House added: “In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and duchess are now self-isolated at home in Scotland.
“The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria for the tests.
“It is not possible to know from whom the prince caught the virus because of the high number of engagements which he carried out in his public role during the last weeks. ”
On March 10, the royal met with Prince Albert of Monaco, who then tested positive for the coronavirus.
Charles saw the Queen “briefly” two days later, March 12, before his last public appearance at a bushfire event affected Australia.
A source said, “He showed mild symptoms of good humor.
“He has been working and continues to work for the past few days as usual.
“The medical advice is that it is unlikely that his condition will not escalate into a more serious case here. ”
The prince had avoided shaking hands with members of the public in a number of recent events, choosing instead to use the namaste gesture.
He last appeared in public with the Queen, along with Princes William and Harry and other members of the royal family, at the Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey on March 9.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said, “Her Majesty the Queen remains in good health.
“The Queen last saw the Prince of Wales shortly after the morning investiture on March 12 and is following all appropriate advice regarding his well-being. ”
They will not comment if the queen has been tested for coronavirus.
Prince William remains in Norfolk, which means that the heirs to the throne are not in physical contact.
It follows that the death toll in the UK reached 422 yesterday in the largest daily jump in deaths.
It is now feared that half of the British population has already contracted the virus.
Oxford University research has suggested that the disease may have become widespread in the country two months before the first case was diagnosed.
Sunetra Gupta, a professor of theoretical epidemiology at Oxford, led the study and said that the UK now needs to step up tests to find out the true stage of the pandemic.
“We must immediately start large-scale serological investigations – antibody tests – to assess what stage of the epidemic we are in now,” he told the Financial Times.
The global death toll from the deadly virus has already affected more than 18,000 people worldwide.
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This comes when the Secretary of Health, Matt Hancock, called yesterday to an army of 250,000 volunteers to join the front line of coronaviruses.
Hancock also confirmed that a new hospital called Nightingale Hospital, with a capacity for 4,000 people, will open next week at the Excel Center in east London after being set up with help from the military.
Hancock said the home is now the “front line” in the fight against the coronavirus.