Prince Charles tests positive for Coronavirus [Update]
Prince Charles, 71, tests positive for coronavirus and has ‘mild’ symptoms
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.
Likely contagious since March 13, the day after he last saw his mum the Queen, the Prince of Wales, 71, developed symptoms over the weekend but “otherwise remains in good health”.
The heir to the throne has had a “high number of engagements” in recent weeks – where he offered namaste gestures instead of handshakes – but it is “not possible to ascertain” where he caught the virus, his spokesman said.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has tested negative for coronavirus and is self-isolating with her husband at their 53,000-acre Birkhall estate in Scotland, although they are apart from each other at the residence.
Charles – who has since spoken to 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.
There were fears for the Queen when Clarence House announced that Charles had tested positive.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health.
“The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of 12th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.”
Charles’ final public engagements were on March 12 – an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where he offered the namaste gesture instead of handshakes, and a dinner that night at Mansion House in London in aid of the bushfire relief effort in Australia.
The Queen has left Buckingham Palace and is socially distancing at Windsor Castle (Image: PA)
How to self-isolate
The UK Public Health England has issued the following advice about how to self-isolate:
1. Stay at home: Don’t leave your house except when you need to seek medical care. Ask for help buying groceries or have them delivered.
2. Stay away from your housemates: Stick in a well-ventilated room away from others, with the door closed. Use a separate bathroom and wear a facemask when it shared areas.
3. Call ahead before visiting the doctors so they can take extra precautionary measures.
4. Cover you coughs and sneezes: Make sure to cover your nose and mouth and to throw away disposable tissues in a plastic waste bag.
5. Wash your hands regularly: This should be done often and thoroughly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry thoroughly.
6. Avoid sharing household items: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items with other people in your home when you have used them. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water.
7. Do not have visitors in your home.
8. Keep away from your pets if possible.
9. Keep your clothes clean: Do laundry on the highest temperature possible and clean all surfaces around the washing machine.
10. Monitor your symptoms: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening, for example, if you have difficulty breathing, or if the person you are caring for symptoms are worsening.