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UK PM Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock have coronavirus

In a video posted on Twitter, minutes ago, Johnson confirmed that he had developed mild symptoms— “temperature and persistent cough” over the last 24 hours and tested positive for COVID-19.

UK PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus. (UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor via AP)

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson Friday tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at 10 Downing Street.

In a video posted on Twitter, minutes ago, Johnson confirmed that he had developed mild symptoms— “temperature and persistent cough” over the last 24 hours and tested positive for COVID-19.

He said he is self isolating and working from home. On Twitter, he wrote: “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. 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 with the hashtag Stay Home Save Lives.”

A Downing Street spokesperson told PTI that after experiencing mild symptoms on Thursday, the prime minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.

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The test was carried out in No 10 Downing Street by National Health Service (NHS) staff and the result of the test was positive. In UK, at least 11,816 people have tested positive for coronavirus and nearly 578 people have died.

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, the spokesperson said.

Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tested positive for COVID-19. “Following medical advice, I was advised to test for #Coronavirus. I’ve tested positive. Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home & self-isolating,” Hancock announced on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished him speedy recovery.

 

With agency inputs. More details to follow

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