Prince Charles Recovers From Coronavirus, Exits Self-Isolation After 7 Days

Prince Charles has recovered from coronavirus and left self-isolation after seven days.

The 71-year-old, who is heir to the British throne, spent a week in quarantine at his home on the Balmoral estate in Scotland. Charles remains in good health and is following government restrictions, a palace spokesperson told Newsweek.

Charles' wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, tested negative for coronavirus, but will remain in self-isolation until the end of the week, the spokesperson added.

"Clarence House has confirmed today that, having consulted with his doctor, The Prince of Wales is now out of self-isolation," a spokesperson said in a statement.

U.K. government guidelines require anyone with symptoms to self-isolate for seven days and anyone living in their household to self-isolate for 14 days.

Charles tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, last week. He had been displaying mild symptoms.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales makes a speech as he attends a dinner in aid of the Australian bushfire relief and recovery effort at Mansion House on March 12, 2020 in London, England. Eamonn M. McCormack/WPA Pool/Getty Images

In Scotland, where Charles and Camilla are staying, there are 1,563 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 47 deaths as of 2 p.m. BST on Monday, the Scottish government said.

It was not clear how Charles contracted coronavirus, but he met fellow royals, including Prince Albert of Monaco who also tested positive, and attended numerous events in the days leading up to his diagnosis.

Charles' last public engagement was a reception and dinner in London in aid of Australian bushfire relief on March 12, according to the Court Circular, which records every official engagement carried out by members of the royal family.

That morning was also the last time he saw his 93-year-old mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who "remains in good health," a Buckingham Palace spokesperson previously told Newsweek.

The Queen left London for an extended stay at Windsor Castle on March 19 due to the coronavirus outbreak and is likely to stay there until after Easter.

"We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them," she said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace at the time.

"Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part."

This graphic, provided by Statista, shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in locations around the world as of March 30.

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This graphic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in locations around the world as of March 30. Statista

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.