Boris Johnson has been tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, Downing Street has confirmed.
The Prime Minister wrote on Twitter: “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. #StayHomeSaveLives.”
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.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
A Downing Street spokesperson stated: “After experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the prime minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.
“The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive.
“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.”
Should the Prime Minister become too ill to remain in charge, it has already been planned the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, would take over Johnson’s duties.
According to reports, Johnson tested positive for coronavirus after police began fining people for breaching the coronavirus lockdown rules, which was less than 24 hours after the new laws were brought into force.
This morning Angela Rayner, the frontrunner for the Labour deputy leadership contest, has also announced through Twitter that she will be self-isolating after she has experienced symptoms.
The chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, is apparently also in self-isolation due to experiencing the symptoms of the deadly virus.
In total, 578 people have died from coronavirus in the UK, according to figures released from the Department of Health on Thursday.