British PM Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

LONDON (AFP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” he said on Twitter, posting a video message.

“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” he wrote.

“Be in no doubt that I can continue thanks to the wizardry of modern technology to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus,” he added in the video message.

A Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement that Johnson, whose partner Carrie Symonds is pregnant, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday and was tested for COVID-19 on the personal advice of England’s chief medical officer.

The test was carried out in No 10 by National Health Service (NHS) staff, the spokesperson added.

In his video message, Johnson thanked workers in Britain’s state-run NHS for their efforts in battling the spread of the virus.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson. PHOTO: AP