UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for Coronavirus after experiencing mild symptoms and is currently under self-quarantine.
The prime minister announced his condition on Twitter, posting the following message:
“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.”
This comes after the UK government closed parliament a week early to help protect politicians and staff from the COVID-19 pandemic surging across the UK.
It has not yet been established whether other members of the Commons who were present during the PM’s Questions on Wednesday have been tested.
The Uk is currently under lockdown with only essential staff and services being allowed to operate. The move was designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as reduce the strain on the NHS.
Boris Johnson decided to implement the strict conditions as the public were not heeding the government’s advice on social distancing practices.
Downing Street issued the following statement regarding the Prime Minister’s condition:
“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.”