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The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Covid-19

by Anton Black 2 years ago in celebrities

One thing we can all be sure about is that this virus knows no national borders or social boundaries.

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, on Wednesday, March 25th, became the most notable public person in Britain to be confirmed as having Coronavirus, in a development that raises concerns about the threat that the virus presents to senior royals.

The Prince of Wales, 71, said Clarence House, the official residence of the prince, had been screened for the virus in Aberdeenshire, where he has an official home in Birkhall, on the Queen Balmoral Estate. 

"He shows moderate symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home over the last few days," Clarence House said - BBC repots.

"It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the large number of public engagements he carried out in his role in recent weeks." Also tested was the wife of the prince, the Duchess of Cornwall, but they did not have the virus, Clarence House statement added. 

The Price of Wales joined, together with the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Queen, at a Commonwealth Day ceremony at Westminster Abbey on March 9th.  Around 2,000 people, including politicians, diplomats and children, attended the ceremony.

It emerged on Wednesday that one of the 54 flag-bearers, had also been tested positive for the Coronavirus since. A spokesperson for the Commonwealth secretariat said: "The staff and other visitors were immediately informed and encouraged to seek recommendations from the WHO and the NHS. Currently all the staff work from home.

The illness of the Prince of Wales poses concerns to his mother, the Queen, who is 93, and the Duke of Edinburg, who is 98, about the potential virus threats.

Nevertheless, the Queen's official residence, Buckingham Palace, stated the Queen continues in good health. She last saw the prince Charles briefly on March 12th following a ceremony at the palace, they said.

"The Queen is carefully observing all the necessary advice," the palace stated. 

The duke, who was in hospital, for a few nights, just before Christmas, was not at the service on March 12th, the palace reminded. The prince of Wales had no symptoms of illness when he last met with the monarch, according to news reports. 

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Nadine Dorries, a junior health minister who revealed on March 11th that she had the virus, was the most prominent figure in public life known to have bee infected with Coronavirus. She came back to work this week, having made a full recovery.

There have been concerns that the UK's relatively late decision to shut down public events could have made high-British officials particularly exposed to Covid-19. 

"The prince and the Duchess of Cornwall are now in self-isolation, in line with official and medical advice, in Scotland," the statement said.

In light of the virus outbreak, Buckingham Palace confirmed on March 17th that it was modifying the Queen's Diary as a "sensitive precaution." On March 19th, a week earlier than planned, the monarch moved to Windsor Castle from Buckingham Palace. There she will remain with the Duke of Edinburgh from now on.

Prince Charles talked to both the Duke of Cambridge, who is in Norfolk and the Duke of Sussex, who is in Vancouver.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met the NHS testing guidelines in Scotland. A government spokesperson for Scotland said in a statement: "Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, has said that their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay have been screened for Covid-19. She is happy to report that both are now in good health.

The new coronavirus knows no borders or social boundaries. We can be quite sure of that. Prince Charles talked to both the Duke of Cambridge, who is in Norfolk and the Duke of Sussex, who is in Vancouver.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met the NHS testing guidelines in Scotland. A government spokesperson for Scotland said in a statement: "Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, has said that their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay have been screened for Covid-19. She is happy to report that both are now in good health.

The new Coronavirus knows no borders or social boundaries. We can be quite sure of that.

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I write about politics, society and the city where I live: London in the UK.

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