London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for a corona virus and is isolating himself, but will still direct the government’s response to the outbreak.
“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson said. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.”
“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” he wrote.
“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,” he added in the video message.
A Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement that Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds were pregnant, had mild symptoms on Thursday, and were tested for COVID-19 based on the personal opinion of the Chief Medical Officer in England.
The spokesperson added that the test was conducted on the 10th by NHS employees.
Johnson thanked National Health Service (NHS) staff in the video for their efforts to control the spread of the virus.
To date, a total of 11,658 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, of which 578 have died.
Earlier this week, Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, also tested positive for the virus.
The government confirmed this week that if Johnson is powerless, Secretary of State Dominic Raab will serve as Prime Minister on a temporary basis.