The heir to the British throne used his first appearance since his self-isolation after contracting coronavirus to applaud health workers

Britain reported 563 daily coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total fatalities to 2,352

Britain’s Prince Charles, who has recovered after testing positive for

, praised the selfless devotion of health care workers on Wednesday and said it was a strange and distressing time for the nation.

Heir-to-the-throne Charles, 71,

on Monday after suffering what he said were “luckily … relatively mild symptoms” and his office said he was now in good health.

is in a state of virtual lockdown, with the public told they must stay at home other than for essential trips, such as to buy food.

In a video address, the prince said although he had recovered, he was still in a state of social distance and general isolation. His wife Camilla, 72, who had tested negative, is remaining in self-isolation until the end of the week in case she develops symptoms.

“As we are all learning, this is a strange, frustrating and often distressing experience when the presence of family and friends is no longer possible and the normal structures of life are suddenly removed,” he said.

Britain reported 563 daily coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the first time the national toll has exceeded 500, bringing the total fatalities to 2,352, the health ministry said. Some 29,474 people have now tested positive, an increase of 4,324 over the previous day, it added.

“At such an unprecedented and anxious time in all our lives, my wife and I are thinking particularly of all those who have lost their loved ones in such very difficult and abnormal circumstances, and of those having to endure sickness, isolation and loneliness,” Charles said from his home in Scotland.

The prince’s mother, 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth, is currently with her husband Prince Philip, 98, at her Windsor Castle home, west of London. Buckingham Palace has said she too is in good health.

Charles also paid tribute to doctors, nurses and other staff on the front line in the National Health Service, whom he said were under enormous strain and risk, adding their “utter, selfless devotion to duty” made the nation proud.

It was essential, he added, that these key workers were treated with special consideration when trying to do their shopping, and also singled out store staff for praise for keeping shelves stocked.

“As a nation, we are faced by a profoundly challenging situation, which we are only too aware threatens the livelihoods, businesses and welfare of millions of our fellow citizens,” he said. “None of us can say when this will end, but end it will.”

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