Johnson, 55, skilled gentle signs on Thursday – a day after he answered on the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in parliament’s Home of Commons chamber.
“I’ve taken a test. That has come out positive,” Johnson mentioned on Friday in a video assertion broadcast on Twitter. “I’ve developed gentle signs of the coronavirus. That’s to say – a temperature and a persistent cough.
“So I am working from home. I’m self-isolating,” Johnson mentioned. “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.”
Johnson chaired a authorities assembly on the coronavirus on Friday morning through video convention.
It was not instantly clear what number of Downing Road employees and senior ministers would now must isolate themselves provided that many have had contact with Johnson over current days and weeks.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds outdoors 10 Downing Road in the course of the Clap For Our Carers marketing campaign in assist of the NHS, because the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, March 26, 2020. Pictre taken March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKayHis finance minister, Rishi Sunak, will not be self-isolating, a Treasury supply mentioned.
Britons paid tribute to well being staff on Thursday night, clapping and cheering from doorways and home windows. Johnson and Sunak took half, however got here out of separate entrances on Downing Road and didn’t come into shut contact, in line with a Reuters photographer on the scene.
It was not instantly clear whether or not Johnson’s 32-year-old associate, Carrie Symonds, who’s pregnant, had been examined.
ISOLATING IN DOWNING STREET
Queen Elizabeth final noticed Johnson on March 11 and she or he stays in good well being, Buckingham Palace mentioned.
“The queen last saw the PM on the 11th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regards to her welfare,” a palace spokesman mentioned.
Beforehand the federal government has mentioned that Johnson has the choice to delegate to International Secretary Dominic Raab if wanted.
“The prime minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty,” a Downing Road spokesman mentioned.
“The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive,” the spokesman mentioned.
Up to now, 578 individuals in the UK have died after testing constructive for coronavirus and the variety of confirmed instances has risen to 11,658. The demise toll is the seventh highest on the earth, after Italy, Spain, China, Iran, France and the USA, in line with a Reuters tally.
Prince Charles, the 71-year-old inheritor to the British throne, examined constructive for coronavirus earlier this week. He’s in good well being and is now self-isolating at his residence in Scotland with gentle signs alongside together with his spouse Camilla, who examined damaging, his workplace mentioned.