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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 March 2020, 19:27 IST

The United Kingdom on Friday stated the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Boris Johnson was tested for coronavirus on Thursday after manifesting ‘mild symptoms,’ a spokesperson for No.10 Downing Street said in a statement.

“The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive,” the spokesman said. “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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Boris Johnson confirmed his diagnosis in a tweet on Friday.

“I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus, that is to say a temperature and a persistent cough,” Johnson said in a video posted to the website.

“But be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team, to lead the national fight back against coronavirus,” Johnson said.


First published: 27 March 2020, 17:24 IST