Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, ET Canada can confirm.
It was announced Wednesday that the Prince of Wales, 71, has been “displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home through the last few days as usual.”
A statement released by Clarence House stated, “The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus.
“In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.”
It continued, “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.”
ITV’s royals editor Chris Ship also revealed Charles had spoken to his sons:
He then shared another update, as well as responding to anyone suggesting it’s unfair Charles and Camilla were tested by the NHS despite many, including NHS workers, being told to just stay at home and self-isolate if they are displaying mild symptoms.
Charles was seen in numerous social media clips forgetting not to shake hands with people amid the virus outbreak.
The news comes after the Queen and Prince Philip headed to Windsor Castle a week early last week for Easter break.
Buckingham Palace previously confirmed numerous changes had been made to Her Majesty’s schedule during the current health crisis.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.