Government health secretary Matt Hancock tests positive for coronavirus

The Government's health secretary Matt Hancock has tested positive for coronavirus.

By Matthew Calderbank
Friday, 27th March 2020, 1:40 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 1:40 pm

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has revealed that he has coronavirus.

The 41-year-old said he was tested for the virus after following medical advice.

He said: "Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home and self-isolating.

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"Vital we follow the advice to protect our NHS and save lives."

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at home

"I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus."

The Prime Minister was tested in Number 10 after experiencing mild symptoms on Thursday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has tested positive for coronavirus. Pic: PA Video/PA Wire