The U.Ok. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, the government said Friday.
Johnson, whose symptoms are described as mild, will self-isolate in Downing Street.
“He was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty,” a statement said.
In a tweet 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.”
In a video embedded in the tweet, he said his symptoms were “a temperature and a persistent cough.” He underscored the message that he continued to lead the government. “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.”