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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Has Coronavirus

He says he has "mild symptoms" and is self-isolating at 10 Downing Street.
March 27, 2020, 11:36am
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The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first head of state to confirm they have been infected.

“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,” a Downing Street statement said Friday morning.

Johnson is now self-isolating in Downing Street and is “continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus.”

In a video posted on Twitter, Johnson said that in recent days he’d “developed mild symptoms of the corona virus that's to say, a temperature and a persistent cough” before being tested.

“Thanks to the wizardry of modern technology to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fight back against coronavirus,” Johnson said.

He added that self-isolation and social distancing were the best way for the country to stop the spread of the virus. “The more effectively we all comply with those measures, the faster our country will come through this epidemic and the faster we will bounce back,” Johnson said.

The news comes just days after it was confirmed that Prince Charles was also infected.

_The story is developing. Check back for updates._

Cover: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlines his government's negotiating stance with the European Union after Brexit, during a key speech at the Old Naval College in Greenwich, London, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

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