Health and Healthcare Systems

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. London, Britain, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay - RC2ZQF9HXTEV

The PM hopes to continue leading the country from his home. Image: REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Guy Faulconbridge
Bureau Chief, UK & Ireland, Reuters
Kate Holton
Chief Correspondent , Thomson Reuters
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  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johson is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.
  • The Prime Minister has mild symptoms, but hopes to continue to lead the country via video-conference from home.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self isolating but will still lead the government’s response to the outbreak.

“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson said. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.”

A Downing Street spokesman said Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday - a day after he answered at the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in the chamber of the House of Commons.

“The prime minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty,” the spokesman said.

“The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive,” the spokesman said.

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