Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

The UK’s Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Scotland with mild symptoms. (File/AP)
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Updated 25 March 2020

Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

  • Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are currently self-isolating in Scotland
  • Palace says he displayed mild symptoms and was otherwise in good health

LONDON: Prince Charles, the eldest son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and heir to the throne, has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Scotland with mild symptoms.

The Prince of Wales, 71, is in “good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual,” said a statement obtained by Arab News from Clarence House, a royal residence.

His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, was also tested but does not have the virus. Both are self-isolating at their Birkhall residence in Scotland in accordance with government advice. 

 “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 statement said.

Queen Elizabeth II, who has been staying at Windsor Castle since March 19, is in “good health,” Buckingham Palace told Arab News. 

“The Queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of March 12 and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare,” the palace said. 


Groom dies, 111 guests test positive for COVID-19 after wedding in India

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Groom dies, 111 guests test positive for COVID-19 after wedding in India

  • The man, 26, had been admitted and discharged from hospital before his wedding on June 15

LONDON: A groom in India who was suffering from suspected COVID-19 symptoms before he got married died two days after his wedding ceremony, while 111 of his guests tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The man, 26, had been admitted and discharged from hospital before his wedding on June 15 and was keen to cancel the wedding, but was advised against it by relatives due to the “huge financial losses” it would incur, local media reported.

It is not clear if he died directly from the virus because his body was cremated before any tests were carried out, officials in the state of Bihar said.

The chief medical officer in Bihar, Raj Kishor Chaudhary, confirmed all 111 people who tested positive had been “identified and isolated,” adding that the majority of them were asymptomatic. 

The bride and her family tested negative for the disease.

He added that anyone who attended the groom’s funeral would also need to self-isolate.According to media reports, around 300 people attended the wedding ceremony, while 200 attended the funeral.

An investigation has started into social distancing violations that may have taken place at both events. India’s coronavirus restrictions only allow for 50 people to attend weddings and 20 people to attend funerals.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India number 607,000 and more than 17,000 people have died as a result of the virus.