Prince Charles, 71, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation.

The 71-year-old, who is heir to the British throne, has "been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health," a Clarence House spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek.

The spokesperson added that Charles' wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, tested negative but is also self-isolating in their home in Scotland.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the Prince's Trust And TK Maxx & Homesense Awards at London Palladium on March 11, 2020 in London, England. Karwai Tang/WireImage

"The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus. 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," the spokesperson said.

"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 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," the spokesperson said.

The news comes after Charles sat opposite Albert II, Prince of Monaco, at a charity event in London on March 10. Last week, a spokesperson for Monaco's palace confirmed to CNN that the monarch had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, but added that his health "is not worrying at all."

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Prince Albert II of Monaco (L) and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the WaterAid water and climate event at Kings Place on March 10, 2020 in London, England.

On March 9, Charles attended the Commonwealth Day service alongside Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who have since returned to Canada.

Buckingham Palace has said that the queen remains "in good health" and has not seen Charles since March 12.

"The Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly on the morning of 12 March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare," a palace spokesperson said.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, are seen as they depart Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service in London on March 9, 2020 Phil Harris/AFP via Getty Images

The queen left London for an extended stay at Windsor Castle last week due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"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 last Thursday.

"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."

The infographic below, provided by Statista, shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.K. as of March 24.

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This infographic shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.K. as of March 24. 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

  • If you feel unwell (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and call local health authorities in advance.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask 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 mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.