Boris Johnson tests positive for Coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for Coronavirus and has told members of the public that will be self isolating until he recovers from the condition.

Addressing the nation via a video he took himself using his mobile phone's selfie camera, Mr Johnson confirmed that he has contracted COVID-19 but that he is currently only showing 'mild symptoms.'

Mr Johnson said that he had "a temperature and persistent cough."

He also took the opportunity to thank NHS staff who have been working tirelessly to deal with the outbreak on the front line.

Johnson says that he will "continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus."

A spokesperson from Downing Street said "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.

"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."

The Prime Minister has also took to Twitter to say "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."

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