U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, on Wednesday.

"But be in no doubt I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus", he said in a video address.

He says he had experienced mild symptoms over the past 24 hours, including a temperature and cough, but would continue to lead the government.

On the advice of England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, Johnson was tested for the coronavirus.

We're going to beat it and we're going to beat it together.

"On the advice of the chief medical officer, that has come out positive so I am working from home, I'm self-isolating, and that's entirely the right thing to do", said 55-year-old Johnson.

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Earlier in the week, the government confirmed that if Johnson became unwell and unable to work, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, as the first secretary of state, would deputise for him.

On Monday, he put the country in a near total lockdown and ordered all non-essential shops to close. However, Johnson was present at the video conference held by G20 leaders on Thursday on combating the coronavirus crisis.

An wonderful national effort by the public services but also by every member of the British public who's volunteering - an incredible response.

Mr. Johnson's positive test comes just days after Prince Charles tested positive and went into self-isolation at the Queen's Balmoral Estate in Scotland. The last time they met face-to-face was on March 11 at Buckingham Palace.

Britain initially took a strikingly modest approach to the worst health crisis since the 1918 influenza epidemic but then changed tack to impose stringent controls after projections showed a quarter of a million British people could die.

  • Ismael Montgomery