# The Prince of Wales has tested positive for novel coronavirus, Clarence House has announced.
Mumbai, NFAPost: When the entire globe is fighting against the novel virus, it slowly strengthens its grip over the rich and powerful people of various countries and societies. But at the same time richest people around the world have announced responsive steps by doling out money to contain Covid-19 threat.
The next big news came from UK where Prince Charles, 71, has tested positive, displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”. Prince Charles and Camilla are now self-isolating at Balmoral.
A Clarence House statement read: “In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland”. The 71-year-old heir to the throne last saw the Queen briefly on the 12 March. Three days earlier, mother and son had more protracted contact during the Commonwealth Day Service, reports BBC.
Former UK Health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries had been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Needless to say Indians must follow the lock down, this virus is ravaging rich countries, and the damage it may inflict on poor countries is even more terrible. Most of the citizens are following the guidelines but still there’re people who think that they are safe by wearing a mask and can frolic around the city freely.
The Prince of Wales, 71, is Britain’s future head of state as King Charles III. He is first in line after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 94 next month. If something were to happen to both of them, his elder son, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, 37, would become King William V.
Several countries have implemented extreme measures to prevent its spread, learning from the developed countries’ experience.
It is argued that quarantine affects the fundamental right “to move freely throughout the territory of India.” However, this right is subject to reasonable restrictions that the state may impose in the interest of public health.
But at the same time, the richest are also doling out money like anything to contain the Covid-19 attack. India’s Anil Agarwal who is heading the metals and mining businessVedanta Group has pledged roughly $13.1 million to fight against the menace.
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has set up India’s first COVID-19 dedicated hospital in Mumbai. This first-of-its-kind-in-India centre is fully funded by Reliance Foundation and includes a negative pressure room that helps in preventing cross-contamination and helps control infection. All beds are equipped with the required infrastructure, biomedical equipment such as ventilators, pacemakers, dialysis machines, and patient monitoring devices. 101 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Maharashtra so far. The company already donated Rs 5 crore to the Maharashtra government.
Jeff Bezos’s owned retail giant Amazon has invested $20 million in the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative to bring COVID-19 tests to the market faster. Amazon is hiring 100,000 new full-time and part-time positions across to the U.S. to meet the surge in demand and increasing wages with an additional $2/hour in America and pay increases worldwide. Amazon has donated $1 million to kick-start emergency COVID-19 response funds.
The media billionaire Michael Bloomberg has launched a $40 million initiative to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries. Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) and global health organization Vital Strategies. On March 23, Bloomberg’s foundation and the National League of Cities launched a Local Action Tracker to collect and share actions taken by U.S. leaders in response to COVID-19.
Virgin Atlantic airline owner Richard Branson said his staff can take eight weeks of upaid leave. Branson announced on March 22 that Virgin Atlantic would provide $250 million over the next coming months to support his 70,000-plus employees.
The tech giant Dell owner Michael Dell has donated $284,000 (2 million yuan) to provide medical supplies such as surgical masks to hospitals in China. Dell is also donating $853,000 (6 million yuan) worth of IT services to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Hubei province. The company has also set aside $3 million in funds and in-kind technology donations to help COVID-19 efforts worldwide.
The Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has announced on February 5 that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would commit $100 million to aid global detection, isolation and treatment of COVID-19. More than half of it will go toward developing vaccines, treatment and diagnostics.