Prime Minister Boris Johnson has become the first major world leader to be tested positive for COVID-19.
Highlights! Boris Johnson tests COVID-19 positive
- Johnson was tested last night after showing symptoms.
- PM will continue to lead UK’s response against the outbreak in self-isolation.
- Coronavirus cases in the UK have crossed 11,600 with 578 deaths.
The United Kingdom stated that PM Boris Johnson tested positive for the new coronavirus after showing mild symptoms. As per BBC, a statement from UK Govt. said, “He was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty.”
NHS staff carried out the test yesterday at Johnson’s official residence at No. 10 Downing Street. The UK Government statement said Johnson will still be in charge of government’s handling of the crisis. Johnson is UK’s second big coronavirus casualty after Prince Charles was tested positive less than 2 days ago.
Boris Johnson Self-Isolates Himself
The statement said that Johnson is self-isolating in Downing Street, in keeping with the guidance, and is “continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus”.
The Prime Minister also himself confirmed the news with a tweet this morning. Johnson said in the video, “I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus, that is to say, a temperature and a persistent cough.” PM Johnson concluded stating, “Together we will beat this (the coronavirus outbreak)”.
In a video tweet PM Johnson stated, “Together we will beat this (the coronavirus outbreak)”.
Johnson was part of the nationwide gesture of gratitude towards NHS staff for being on the front line, clapping outside his resident. The PM joins the growing list of cases in the UK which now has over 11,600 confirmed cases and 578 people death caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.