British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, the politician reported Friday in a video posted on his Twitter account.
“In the past 24 hours, I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” said the conservative leader on the recording.
Johnson, whose romantic partner, Carrie Symonds, is pregnant with what will be the couple’s first baby, added that although she has “isolated” herself, she will continue to “lead the government’s response via videoconference” against the pandemic.
Among the symptoms detected, the “premier” noted, he said, “fever and a persistent cough.”
“Have no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the magic of modern technology, communicating with my team to lead the national fight against the coronavirus,” said Johnson, who appreciated the attitude of “all involved” in the battle, between they from the “wonderful NHS staff”, British public health service.
An official spokesman for Downing Street – an office of the prime minister – revealed, for his part, that “after presenting slight symptoms yesterday, Boris Johnson was tested, on the personal advice of the chief medical adviser to the Government, Chris Whitty.”
“The test was carried out at (his office) at Number 10 by personnel from the public health service (NHS) and the test result was positive,” the source said.
He added that “following the guidelines, the prime minister has isolated himself in Downing Street”, from where he will continue to head the Executive.
To date, 11,658 people affected by COVID-19 have been detected in the United Kingdom and at least 584 people have died.