UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested Positive for the Coronavirus
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and now will self-isolate himself.
“Over the last 24 hours I even have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” he said on Twitter, posting a video message.
“I am now self-isolating, but i will be able to still lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” he wrote.
“Be in little question that I can continue because of the wizardry of recent technology to speak with all my top team to steer the national fightback against coronavirus,” he added in the video message.
A Downing Street spokesperson said during a statement that Johnson, whose partner Carrie Symonds is pregnant, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday and was tested for COVID-19 on the private advice of England’s chief medical officer.
The test was carried out by NHS staff, the spokesperson added. In his video message, Johnson thanked workers in Britain’s state-run National Health Service (NHS) for his or her efforts in battling the spread of the virus.
A total of 11,658 coronavirus cases have thus far been confirmed in Britain, and 578 deaths.
Earlier in the week Charles , the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth , also tested positive for the virus.
The government confirmed in the week that if Johnson was incapacitated, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would temporarily assume the role of prime minister.