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UK PM and health minister test positive for Covid-19, to work  from home

UK PM and health minister test positive for Covid-19, to work from home

Published:27 March 2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday disclosed he has tested positive for coronavirus but will continue to discharge his duties from self-isolation. He becomes the second high-profile British leader to test positive for coronavirus in recent days after Prince Charles, the heir to the the throne.

London | UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday disclosed he has tested positive for coronavirus but will continue to discharge his duties from self-isolation.

He becomes the second high-profile British leader to test positive for coronavirus in recent days after Prince Charles, the heir to the the throne. Some ministers in the Johnson government and MPs have also tested positive for Covid-19.

"I've developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus, that's a temperature and a persistent cough," Johnson said in a video posted on his Twitter account.

"On the advice of the chief medical officer, I have taken a test and that has come out positive.

"I'm working from home and self-isolating. That's entirely the right thing to do.

"I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of technology, to communicate with my top team and lead the national fightback against the virus."

Earlier, a 10 Downing Street spokesman had said that Johnson's "symptoms are mild and he will continue to lead the government response to the virus while he self-isolates", the BBC reported.

Shortly after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday announced he had tested positive for coronavirus and would work in self-isolation, Health Secretary Matt Hancock also said that he was also infected with the disease.

"Following medical advice, I was advised to test for #Coronavirus.

"I've tested positive. Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I'm working from home & self-isolating.

"Vital we follow the advice to protect our NHS & save lives#StayHomeSaveLives," he said in in a tweet.

The 41-year-old Hancock, who had succeeded Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health in 2018, is not the only one in the key ministry to be diagnosed Covid-19.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety Nadine Dorries had earlier this month announced she was self-isolating herself after testing positive for Covid-19. She has since recovered and returned to Parliament on March 24 to be greeted by a round of applause.


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