British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, goes into self-isolation

27 Mar 2020

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A Downing Street spokesman says Boris Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday. — AFP/File
A Downing Street spokesman says Boris Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday. — AFP/File

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self isolating but will still lead the government’s response to the outbreak.

“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson said. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.”

A Downing Street spokesman said Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday — a day after he answered at the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in the chamber of the House of Commons.

“The prime minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty,” the spokesman said.

“The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive,” the spokesman said.

On Wednesday, 71-year-old Prince Charles had also tested positive for the disease.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus,” Clarence House had said in a statement. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”