British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, in isolation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus after experiencing mild symptoms and that he is now self-isolating at 10 Downing Street, according to medical advice. In a video message posted on social media, the British Prime Minister said he would continue to lead the British government’s response to the deadly virus, which claimed 578 lives.

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In the past 24 hours, I have developed mild symptoms and a positive test for the coronavirus, Johnson said on Twitter. “I am self-isolating now, but I will continue to lead the government’s response by videoconference as we fight this virus. Together, we will overcome this,” he said. A Downing Street spokesperson said that after experiencing mild symptoms on Thursday, the Prime Minister was tested for the coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty. The test was performed at No. 10 Downing Street by staff from the National Health Service (NHS) and the test result was positive. As directed, the Prime Minister self-isolates at Downing Street.

He continues to lead the government’s response to the coronavirus, said the spokesperson.

On Friday, the United States overtook China in the Covid-19 cases. Global infections have crossed the 540,000 mark. So far, 24,293 people have died from the virus.

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