Queen Elizabeth’s Close Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19

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A royal worker in close contact with Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, raising fears for the monarch’s health amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country, The UK Sun reported on Saturday.

The worker, whose duties include taking drinks and meals to the queen, introducing guests, handing her letters and messages and walking her dogs, has reportedly been sent home for self-isolation.

“Everyone is terrified, not just for themselves but also for the Queen and the Duke”, said one royal insider, according to The Sun. “If everyone around them hasn’t been tested yet they should be and I’m sure they will be. There is a palpable sense of fear in the air at the moment”.

According to The Sun, the royal household examined a dozen other members of the staff and all tested negative for the virus.

Last week, the 93-year-old monarch along, with husband Prince Philip, 98, moved from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle after another worker at the London residence was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

As of Saturday, the United Kingdom has confirmed over 17,000 coronavirus-related infections, and 1,019 deaths.

The New Diplomat had on Thursday reported that Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus disease, after the heir to the British throne met with Prince Albert of Monaco two weeks ago, who has been confirmed as being infected with the virus.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Early Sunday (29 March), we erroneously reported that Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for Coronavirus. The error is regretted. Thank you for your understanding.
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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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