International desk – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that he was tested positive for novel coronavirus and was self-isolating.
Johnson, who is believed to be the first major world leader to test positive for the virus, in a message on his microblogging Twitter made the announcement on Friday.
“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,” wrote the British Prime Minister.
British Independent newspaper reported on its online version that in a video message recorded shortly after he remotely chaired the regular early-morning Covid-19 “war cabinet” Friday, Johnson said that he had been suffering a temperature and a persistent cough and had been advised to take a test by chief medical officer Chris Whitty.
He said that he was working from home and would continue to “lead the national fightback against coronavirus”.
It is understood that his partner Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, is not undertaking self-isolation with him in the flat they share above 11 Downing Street, but is staying elsewhere, according to the newspaper.