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UK: Queen’s aides test positive for coronavirus, reported


LONDON: A royal aide at Buckingham Palace reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus while Queen Elizabeth II was still at her London residence.

The 93-year-old monarch moved from the palace to Windsor Castle indefinitely on Thursday as a “precaution” after all of her engagements were canceled and reports indicate that she is healthy.

According to UK media reports, it is not known how close the royal aide in question would have approached the Queen, but every member of the Royal House staff with whom the person came in contact has been brought in. in isolation.

“The worker tested positive before the Queen left for Windsor. But the Palace has 500 staff members, so like any workplace it is not inconceivable that it will be affected at any stage, “The Sun ‘said, according to a real source.

The unnamed aide is believed to have fallen ill and tested positive for the deadly virus early last week.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the reports, but said it was taking all necessary steps in light of the warning about the COVID-19 pandemic, which has spread rapidly in the UK as the number of deaths rose to 233 on Saturday.

“We would not comment on individual staff members. In line with proper guidance and our own processes, we have taken the necessary steps to protect all employees and individuals involved, ”said a palace spokesperson.

There are some reports that the monarch is preparing to broadcast a live television broadcast in the coming days as a moral stimulus for the public during the current crisis, which has put Britain in close closure with all social venues closed. indefinitely and people advised to stay. indoors and follow strict rules of social distance.

Earlier this week, the Queen had issued a statement of support and asked people to find new ways to stay in touch to overcome the blockade.

“Many of us will need to find new ways to keep in touch with each other and make sure that loved ones are safe. I am sure we are up to that challenge, “said the Queen’s statement, which said that she and the royal family” are ready “to play their part.

“We are enormously grateful for the experience and commitment of our scientists, physicians, and emergency and public services; but now more than ever in our recent past, we all have a vital role to play as individuals, today and in the days to come, weeks and months, “he said.

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The Queen, who turns 94 on April 21, will be based at Windsor Castle in south-east England with her husband, Prince Philip, 98, for an extended period after consulting with her medical experts. and the UK government.

Her regular “hearings” with Prime Minister Boris Johnson will continue for now, but Buckingham Palace said that, as a “sensible precaution and for practical reasons,” other changes are being made to the rest of her newspaper.

Times of India