Prince of Wales tests postive for coronavirus

Prince Charles (source:Getty)

The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Covid-19.

Clarence House confirmed that the 71-year-old heir apparent had been diagnosed with the virus in a statement released this morning.

He is now among over 5000 people in the UK who have tested positive for the virus that continues to spread globally.

The spokesman said: "He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.

Prince Charles' last public event was a reception and dinner in aid of the Australian bushfire relief effort on 12 March, which took place at Mansion House in London. He also attended an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where he greeted recipients with a non-contact gesture due to concerns about the spread of the illness.

Meanwhile, 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,” the statement said.

"The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.”

The Queen is said to be in good health and last saw the Prince of Wales briefly on 12 March. She is said to be following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.

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