Boris Johnson is self-isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus
British Premier Boris Johnson on Friday announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus, making him the highest profile world leader to confirm being infected in the pandemic that has killed more than 20,000 people and upended everyday life around the world.
Describing his symptoms as “mild,” the British prime minister said he would continue to lead his government’s response to the crisis from quarantine in an office adjacent to 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s official residence. “We will get through it,” Johnson said in a video posted to social media. “We’re going to beat it, and we’re going to beat it together.”
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.
Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/9Te6aFP0Ri
England’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had also tested positive while England’s Chief Medical Officer, Prof Chris Whitty, has shown symptoms.
Another 181 people died with the virus in the past day, figures showed.
It takes the total number of UK deaths to 759, with 14,543 confirmed cases.