UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has joined the list of world leaders who have tested positive for coronavirus.
In a video posted on Twitter, the British PM confirmed he had developed mild symptoms - 'a temperature and persistent cough' – over the last 24 hours, following which he took a test that returned positive for coronavirus.
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.
Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/9Te6aFP0Ri
Johnson said that he was in self-isolation and working from home. He said that thanks to modern technology he would still be leading England's fight against the pandemic.
Meanwhile, a Downing Street spokesperson talked to The Guardian and said:
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. “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.