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Tough questions for Nicola Sturgeon as she cites patient confidentiality over Prince Charles coronavirus test


The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has refused to be drawn on why the Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall were tested for coronavirus.

Mrs Sturgeon was asked by reporters why it is that Charles & Camilla can be tested for COVID-19 when members of the public generally cannot.

The First Minister said that she sends her “best wishes” to the heir-to-the-throne, but cannot comment on the matter due to “patient confidentiality.”

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, did explain the reasoning behind the test in more detail, however.

Dr Calderwood said: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay were tested for COVID-19 for clinical reasons.”

The Duke and Duchess were tested by NHS Grampian staff. Those involved in the testing have been contacted.

Mrs Sturgeon was also asked whether Charles and Camilla ignored the government’s guidance for people not to travel to Scotland in an effort to “outrun the virus.”

The First Minister repeated her plea for people to avoid traveling to Scotland, leading to additional pressure being placed on the Scottish health service.