London – Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall andhas tested positive for and is self-isolating, the royal family said Monday. The news came four days after Camilla’s husband, heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, tested positive and went into self-isolation.
Charles and Camilla’s official residence, Clarence House, on Monday provided no further information on the royal couple’s symptoms, but their COVID status was sure to cause concern for the 95-year-old monarch when Queen Elizabeth II spent time with her son for two days. before his positive test.
Buckingham Palace has not offered further information on the Queen’s health since Thursday, when it said she did not show symptoms of a coronavirus infection. The palace rarely gives many details about the Queen’s health, citing concerns about privacy, and has not even confirmed whether she has been tested for COVID since Charles tested positive.
Last week, as she continued with public appearances while her husband isolated herself, Camilla said she “thankfully” was still negative after taking the test “so many times.”
The COVID-19 infection rate in the UK remains high, but UK health authorities no longer recommend confirmatory PCR testing after a positive rapid test result.
Charles, 73,, at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. He had only mild symptoms at the time. Camilla had not previously been infected with the virus.
The British government recently, including the requirement to wear masks indoors. Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he would likely lift the only remaining restriction – for anyone testing positive, to isolate himself for at least five days – before the scheduled date in late March.
He indicated that England could be completely free of all COVID restrictions by the end of February, provided there is no change in the course of case rates and hospitalizations.
Some critics and scientists have said the move risks signaling to the public that the pandemic is over when cases continue to rise across the country.
“Of course in the same way [as for] “someone with the flu, we would not recommend that they go to work,” Johnson said. “We would never recommend anyone to go to work when they have a contagious disease.”