AGENCIES, London: The deadly coronavirus reached the doorsteps of 10, Downing Street on Friday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson developing mild symptoms and also testing positive for coronavirus. However, he remains in charge of the UK’s response to the outbreak. The British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also tested positive for the deadly virus.
Johnson’s office said he was tested on the advice of the chief medical officer after showing mild symptoms.
Johnson is self-isolating at his 10 Downing Street residence and continuing to lead the country’s response to COVID-19. In a video message, Johnson said he had a temperature and a persistent cough. “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 fightback against coronavirus,” Johnson said.
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
Earlier this week Britain’s Prince Charles announced that he had tested positive for the virus. Septagenerian Prince Charles was tested for the virus in Scotland, where he is with the Duchess of Cornwall, who tested negative. The royal couple were sent to Balmoral in Scotland in a bid to protect them against the coronavirus a few days ago.