London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. "Over the last 24 hours I 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 continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” he added.
"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 fightback against coronavirus," he added in the video message.
Within an hour of Johnson's tweet, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Twitter that he too has tested positive for coronavirus. A Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement that Johnson, whose partner Carrie Symonds is pregnant, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday and was tested for COVID-19 on the personal advice of England's chief medical officer. The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff, the spokesperson added.
In his video message, Johnson thanked workers in Britain's state-run National Health Service (NHS) for their efforts in battling the spread of the virus.
As on Friday there had been 11,813 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with 578 deaths in total, 115 of those being confirmed on March 27th. A total of 135 individuals have officially recovered from the disease.
Earlier this week Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, also tested positive for the virus.
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