PM Boris Johnson reveals he has tested positive for coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has tested positive for coronavirus.

By Matthew Calderbank
Friday, 27th March 2020, 12:01 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 12:02 pm

Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Downing Street, it has been announced.

The Prime Minister revealed that he has contracted COVID-19 in a tweet to the nation this morning (Friday, March 27).

"Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," said the Prime Minister.

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"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."

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

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "After experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

"The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive.

"In keeping with the guidance, the Prime Minister is self-isolating in Downing Street.

"He is continuing to lead the government's response to coronavirus."

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