Prince Charles, who has recovered from a positive coronavirus test, praised the selfless dedication of healthcare workers on Wednesday and said it was a strange and excruciating time for the nation.
Heir to the throne, Prince Charles, 71, came out of self-isolation on Monday after "luckily … relatively mild symptoms" and his office said he was now in good health.
Britain is in a virtual lockout state telling the public that they need to stay at home except for important trips, such as buying groceries.
In a video address, the prince said that although he was recovering, he was still in a state of social distance and general isolation. His wife Camilla, 72, who tested negative, remains in self-isolation until the end of the week if she develops symptoms.
"As we all learn, this is a strange, frustrating and often stressful experience when the presence of family and friends is no longer possible and the normal structures of life are suddenly removed," he said.
The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK rose 27% to 1,789 people, official figures showed on Tuesday. One of the victims was a 13 year old boy with no apparent health problems.
"In such an unprecedented and fearful time in our whole life, my wife and I particularly think of those who have lost loved ones in such difficult and abnormal circumstances and those who have to endure illness, isolation and loneliness." Said Charles from his home in Scotland.
The prince's mother, 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth, is currently with her husband Prince Philip (98) at their home in Windsor Castle, west of London. Buckingham Palace said that she is in good health too.
Prince Charles also paid tribute to doctors, nurses, and other frontline health care workers who he believed were under tremendous strain and risk, and added that their "total, selfless dedication to duty" made the nation proud .
He added that these key workers were given special consideration when making their purchases, and that store employees were recognized for praise for the storage of the shelves.
"As a nation, we face an extremely challenging situation that we are all too aware of that threatens the livelihood, businesses, and well-being of millions of our fellow citizens," he said. "Neither of us can say when this will end, but it will end."
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