Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for new coronavirus
By JILL LAWLESS AND DANICA KIRKA , ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 25, 2020 - 10:30 AM
LONDON — Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, royal officials confirmed Wednesday — touching off criticism over whether his wealth and status gave him priority in receiving a test.
The 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate . . .
. . Charles is the latest high-profile figure to reveal a COVID-19 diagnosis. He joins a growing list of celebrities, athletes and other famous people who been tested for the new coronavirus, even when they didn’t have a fever or other severe tell-tale symptoms.
That has fueled the perception that the wealthy and famous have been able to jump to the head of the line to get tested while others have been turned away or met with long delays. . .
. . . The government says it tested 6,491 people on Tuesday and hopes to increase that to 25,000 tests a day within three weeks. . . .
A member of the Scottish Parliament, Joan McAlpine, expressed surprise that Charles was tested. McAlpine, a legislator with Scotland’s governing Scottish National Party wished Charles a speedy recovery, but wondered aloud whether he had received special treatment.
"Given that his symptoms are said to be mild, like many I wonder how he was tested when many NHS and social care workers cannot get tested,’’ she said on Twitter. "My nephew, who has serious asthma and a chest infection was recently refused a test.’’ . . . .
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