Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus.
Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus but has vowed to try to continue lead efforts to tackle the UK’s response to the pandemic while working from home.
The prime minister, who is 55, has mild symptoms and will self-isolate in Downing Street.
He posted a video on Friday morning on Twitter saying he had a temperature and a persistent cough.
“I am working from home, I’m self-isolating, and that’s entirely the right thing to do,” he said.
In the video, which he recorded himself on a handheld phone, he said: “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.”
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.
Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds who is five months pregnant, is also expected to enter self-isolation, away from the prime minister. There has been no word on whether she has also contracted the virus.
The World Health Organization has said there is no evidence that pregnant women are at higher risk of severe illness than the general population if they contract Covid-19.