U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus, he said in a tweet on Friday.

He had developed “mild symptoms” in the past 24 hours and was “self-isolating,” he said. “I will continue to videoconferencing the government’s response as we fight this virus.”

A British government spokesman said Johnson had been tested on the personal advice of British Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.

They added that the test had been done at his home at 10 Downing Street.

It is not known whether he lives with his fiance Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant for the first month.

On Thursday, Johnson’s government announced that another 115 people had died after testing positive for the virus, increasing the total number of deaths to 578. The number of confirmed cases rose from 9,529 the day before to 11,658.

The country is on the fourth day of a three-week blockage that Johnson announced on Monday night when the prime minister ordered pubs and restaurants to be closed and asked people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

Although the number of cases and deaths is lower in the UK than in Italy, Spain and France, health officials and scientists have warned that the epidemic will peak in a few weeks.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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