British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday morning that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.
“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” the UK leader wrote on Twitter.
He said he had developed a ‘mild temperature and a persistent cough’.
A Downing Street statement revealed that Johnson was tested for the coronavirus on the advice of his chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.
The Prime Minister had reportedly felt “mild symptoms” on Thursday. The coronavirus test was undertaken at Johnson’s official residence, 10 Downing Street.
He last made a public appearance on Thursday night – outside 10 Downing Street, as part of a nationwide tribute to NHS workers.
Johnson had appeared in parliament on Wednesday during a PMQ (Prime Minister’s Question Time) session .
Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds is currently pregnant.
Johnson’s spokesman said a couple of days ago that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would take over if at any point the Prime Minister was incapacitated.
If Raab were also to fall ill, it would be Johnson’s call as to who would take charge.
For now though, the Prime Minister says that he is not overly sick and will continue to work.
“Be in no doubt that I can continue. Thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team. To lead the national fight back against coronavirus.”
Prince Charles also confirmed this week that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.
I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
Actor Tom Hanks was the first celebrity to publicly state he has contracted the disease. Actor Idris Elba, celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz and saxophonist Manu Dibango are just some of the many public figures who have tested positive.
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