Royal POLL: Should Prince Charles have been given COVID-19 test ahead of NHS staff? VOTE
Prince Charles tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday evening after he started showing mild symptoms linked to COVID-19, Clarence House revealed yesterday. The Prince of Wales has been tested “for clinical reasons”, Scotland’s Chief Medical Dr Catherine Calderwood explained, as he was not only displaying symptoms but he is also over 70, which means he is among the most vulnerable who are more likely to suffer the most severe consequences of coronavirus, including pneumonia or death.
His wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was also tested for having been in contact with someone displaying symptoms and being over 70 herself.
In a statement, a Clarence House’s spokesman also explained why the prince and duchess were tested.
The 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.”
However, many Britons argued it was unfair for Prince Charles and Camilla to be tested while many, including NHS workers, are told to just stay at home and self-isolate if they are displaying mild symptoms.
One Twitter user wrote: “At #pmqs MP asks about coronavirus testing – but no-one mentions Prince Charles who broke rules to reach Balmoral where he has the test frontline staff are denied.
“Sympathy to him for having CV symptoms.
“But this epitomises the enduring power of privilege.
“Dare no MP raise this?”
Another said: “So Prince Charles and other royals get tested immediately.
“My 62 year wife, a rehabilitation nurse, visits 10 old, frail and sick people each day and has still not been issued with a mask or any sanitiser.
“Her only protection a plastic apron. Disgraceful.”
talkRADIO breakfast show presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer also said: “Question: most of my family (including 2 in their 70s) have had more than mild symptoms of coronavirus.
“We haven’t been offered tests.
“Why is it one rule for a royal prince and one rule for the rest of us?
“Prince Charles’s health is not more important than anyone else’s.”
News of Prince Charles’s testing came hours before it was revealed a London woman, suspected of having COVID-19, died at her flat after calling 999 and being told to look after herself at home.
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Her grieving husband claimed a paramedic visited the mum-of-three and ran some tests, but told him she would not be hospitalised as she was “not a priority”.
Others social media users believe it was right for Prince Charles and Camilla to be tested.
One said: “Of course Prince Charles should be tested ahead of others!
“Would you have the Queen take her place in the queue too?
“Some people might not like it, but the health of the monarch and her heir matters hugely to this nation.”
Another argued the royals didn’t jump any queue but simply received the test because they were eligible to it.
They said: “He is in his 70’s which is a high risk group!
“He is also your next Sovereign…. I believe that should qualify him for a test!”
And another added: “He met all the criteria (recently travelled overseas, been in contact with people who’ve tested positive, over 70… plus ‘soon to be king of the commonwealth’!!!!!) so of course should have been tested.”
Now Express.co.uk is asking its readers to express their own opinion and vote whether they believe it was right to test Prince Charles and Camilla before most NHS staff.
At the moment, the Government is testing on average 5,000 to 6,000 people a day, but it has pledged to increase this to 25,000 tests a day within weeks.
This means in most cases, only people in the hospital or displaying severe symptoms, including radiological evidence of pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome or flu-like symptoms, are being tested.
Others, can contact the NHS 111 call centre and are being advised to look after themselves at home and call back if their symptoms worsen.
To this date, NHS staff or frontline workers who are constantly in contact with members of the public are most likely not eligible to be tested if asymptomatic.
The Chief Medical Officer announced yesterday at a joint press conference with Boris Johnson NHS staff and key workers will soon be given, as a priority, a new fifteen-minute test to determine whether people have had a case of coronavirus and could have developed immunity.
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