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Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has announced.

The 71-year-old is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said, adding that the 72-year-old Duchess of Cornwall has been tested but does not have the virus.

Prince Charles and his wife are now self-isolating at Balmoral.

According to Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II last saw her son, the heir to the throne, on March 12, but was “in good health”.

The palace added that Prince Philip was not present at that meeting, and that the Queen was now “following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare”.

A Clarence House statement read: “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.”

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Prince Charles’s last public engagement was on March 12 – the same day he last saw the Queen – when he attended a dinner in aid of the Australian bushfire relief and recovery effort.

However, the prince has also been working from home over the last few days, and has held a number of private meetings with Highgrove and Duchy of Cornwall individuals, all of whom have been made aware.

A number of household staff at Birkhall – Prince Charles’s residence on the Balmoral estate – are now self-isolating at their own homes.

A palace source said Prince Charles has spoken to both the Queen and his sons – Prince William and Prince Harry – and is in good spirits.

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UK’s health minister Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

She showed symptoms on the day she attended an event with PM Boris Johnson.

Nadine Dorries, 62, said she has been self-isolating at home.

The Department of Health said the minister first showed symptoms on March 5 – the same day she attended an event hosted by the prime minister.

Six people with the virus have died in the UK, which has a total of 382 cases.

The latest person to die was a man in his early 80s who had underlying health conditions.

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It is not known how many meetings Nadine Dorries had attended at Westminster or in her constituency in recent days, but she was at an event at Downing Street on March 5 to mark International Women’s Day.

She also held a surgery in her constituency on March 6 which was attended by up to 12 people, according to Steven Dixon, chair of the Mid Bedfordshire Conservative Association.

Steven Dixon said the details of all those who attended the surgery have been passed to the NHS.

The Flitwick Club, where the surgery took place, is undergoing a deep clean as a precaution.

The Department of Health said ministers – including the prime minister – would not need to undergo testing as Public Health England (PHE) has assessed the risk of Nadine Dorries’ close contacts and only those with symptoms needed to self-isolate.

Nadine Dorries added she was worried about her 84-year-old mother who was staying with her and began to cough on March 10.

The number of total cases for the UK include 324 cases in England, 27 in Scotland, 16 in Northern Ireland and 15 in Wales.

There are 91 in London, with the next highest infected area being the south-east, with 51 cases. The latest person to die, on March 9, was a man in his 80s, with underlying health conditions, who was being treated at Watford General Hospital.

The man caught the virus in the UK and officials are trying to trace who he had been in contact with.