London (England) | Jagran News Desk: In what could be a shocking news for the world, Prince Charles of Britain -- the next in line to the throne and the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth -- has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, his office said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual," Clarence House said in a statement. 

"The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus," the statement further read.

The Clarence House has said that the 71-year-old Prince and his wife Camilla are self-isolating at home in Scotland. 

"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," the Clarence House added.

He last met Queen Elizabeth on March 12, before the earliest time he would have got infected by the novel coronavirus.   

The deadly coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan, has wrecked havoc across the world. In Britain, the deadly COVID-19 virus has claimed the lives of 422 people and affected mor than 8,000.

Amid this, the British government has said that it will open a 4,000-bed field hospital at a London exhibition centre as part of its plans to treat coronavirus cases.

The move comes a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the country into lockdown to tackle the spread of the outbreak.

In his televised address on Monday, Johnson called for people to "stay at home" to prevent close-contact transmission of the virus and ease pressure on the state-run National Health Service.

Non-essential shops and services were told to shut, with unprecedented peacetime restrictions on movement, including a ban on gatherings of more than two people.

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma