It has just been announced that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus.
Number 10 Downing Street released a statement saying:
“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.”
The Prime Minister posted a video to Twitter explaining his condition and diagnosis
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
Despite his own positive status, Johnson praised NHS and emergency service workers in the video.
Johnson said he was self isolating and remaining at home until he has recovered.
He thanked everyone for all their efforts ending by saying of the outbreak: “We’re going beat it, and we’re going to beat it together.”