British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Johnson’s office says he was tested after showing mild symptoms.
Downing Street says Johnson, 55, is self-isolating and continuing to lead the country’s response to COVID-19.
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“After experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty. The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive,” a spokesperson said.
“In keeping with the guidance, the Prime Minister is self-isolating in Downing Street. He is continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus.”
Johnson announced the news on social media on Friday night.
“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” he said.
“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.”
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