British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

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London - 'I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference'

By Reuters

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Published: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 2:21 PM

Last updated: Sat 28 Mar 2020, 1:25 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) and is self isolating but will still lead the government's response to the outbreak.
Also read: UK Health Minister also tests positive
"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.

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