COVID19UK: Prince Charles out of self-isolation
Prince Charles arrives in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov. 6, 2018 .Prince Charles, is no longer in quarantine after showing mild coronavirus symptoms. (REUTERS/Pool/Afolabi Sotunde)
- Prince Charles in good health and abiding by government health guidelines
- Strict measures put in place to limit close-contact could be having an effect
Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, is no longer in quarantine after showing mild coronavirus symptoms, his office said on Monday, as scientists said strict measures put in place across Britain to limit close-contact transmission could be having an effect.
"Clarence House has confirmed today that, having consulted with his doctor, the Prince of Wales is now out of self-isolation," it said in a statement.
The 71-year-old prince, whose age put him among the most-risk category for the disease, is said to be in good health and abiding by government health guidelines.
Royal officials announced last Wednesday that Charles was in self-isolation at the queen's sprawling Balmoral estate in northeast Scotland. He tested positive last Tuesday.
His wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 72, tested negative.
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Clarence House said doctors believe Charles became contagious on March 13 -- a day after last meeting his mother.
The 93-year-old queen has been staying with her 98-year-old husband Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, 820 kilometers south of Balmoral, since March 19.
Given their age -- and Prince Philip's stay in hospital at Christmas -- the prince's diagnosis prompted questions about their potential exposure to the virus.
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But Buckingham Palace said the queen was "in good health", and her husband was not present when she last saw Charles.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, has also tested positive for the virus and is currently in self-isolation, as is his chief adviser Dominic Cummings, and two other cabinet ministers.
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According to the latest figures, Britain had 22,141 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 0800 GMT on Monday with 1,408 deaths -- up from 19,522 and 1,228 on Sunday.
The head of the National Health Service in England, Simon Stevens, said more than 9,000 people were being treated in hospitals -- a 50 percent increase since Friday