PM Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19

PM issues warning as lockdown restrictions ease

PM Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for Covid-19.

The prime minster tweeted:

“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.”

A Downing Street spokesperson said that Mr Johnson had been tested in accordance with the advice of the UK government’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty:

“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.”

Last week it was announced that should PM Boris Johnson be diagnosed with Covid-19, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would take his place and lead the government through the crisis.

It was also stated that steps were being taken to safeguard against this eventuality, including holding meetings and conferences via video link, as has been seen in Downing Street’s daily broadcasts this last week.

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