Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus
The UK prime minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has announced.
A Number 10 spokesperson said Mr Johnson had mild symptoms and would self-isolate in Downing Street, adding that he would continue to lead the government’s response to the crisis.
Mr Johnson posted a video on Twitter in which he said the public should “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”.
Questions have been raised over who the prime minister may have come into contact with over the past few days.
A Downing Street spokesperson said: “After experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the prime minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s chief medical officer, 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.”
Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary and first secretary of state, would stand in for Mr Johnson if he became incapacitated.
In his video message, Mr Johnson thanked “everybody who’s involved” in containing the virus and reiterated that the public should follow the government’s social distancing and self-isolating instructions where relevant.
“The more effectively we all comply with those measures, the faster our country will come through this epidemic and the faster we’ll bounce back,” he said. “So thank you to everybody who’s doing what I’m doing, working from home, to stop the spread of the virus from household to household.
“That’s the way we’re going to win, we’re going to beat it, and we’re going to beat it together.”