UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. Johnson said he had developed mild symptoms and was self-isolating. “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. Together we will beat this,”
Mr. Johnson said that thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to
communicate with all his top team to lead the national fight back against
coronavirus, he will be fine.
I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus, said Mr. Johnson.
In a video, Johnson said he was experiencing a temperature and a persistent cough, which are key symptoms of the virus, and that he took a test on the advice of the country’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty.
spokesperson said that the test was carried out in Downing Street by staff from the NHS, the country’s public healthcare system. Johnson joins a long list of government officials around the world who have been infected with the coronavirus. Few heads of government, however, have contracted it. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock also confirmed Friday that he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Mr. Johnson had staked out a more relaxed position than other European leaders about the timing and strictness of measures Britain should take to slow the spread of the virus. He initially balked at forcing pubs and restaurants to close and shutting down
A member of Mr. Johnson’s cabinet — Matt Hancock, the
British health minister — said later Thursday that he had also tested positive for the coronavirus, and had mild symptoms. He added that he was isolating himself at home.
The prime minister’s diagnosis rattled a country that was already unnerved by news that Prince Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth
II and the heir to the throne, had tested positive for the virus. Buckingham Palace said the queen remained healthy and was sequestered at Windsor Castle. Mr. Johnson delivered his weekly briefing to the queen
by telephone on Wednesday.