|United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus. photography Rediff|
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that he tested positive for coronavirus after experiencing “mild symptoms” and is now self-isolated at 10 Downing Street.
In a video message posted on Twitter, the 55-year-old UK prime minister said he would continue to lead the United Kingdom government’s response to the deadly virus, which has claimed 578 lives.
“I have developed mild symptoms in the last 24 hours today and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson said on Twitter.
“I am self-segregating now, but I will continue to lead the government’s response through video conference as we fight this virus, Together we will defeat it,” Johnson said.
The announcement has sent shocks in and around Downing Street with many senior ministers and civil servants at the top levels of the UK government as they work to prevent the spread of the epidemic.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb, who has previously tested negative for the deadly virus after exhibiting symptoms of cough, will have to stop for some time if Johnson becomes more ill.
It is reported a few days after it was confirmed that Prince Charles was detected with COVID-19 but was exhibiting similar mild symptoms.
Clarence House said that the 71-year-old heir to the British throne was self-segregated in Scotland and remained in “good health” as he continued to work from home.
Earlier this week, a spokesman for the British Prime Minister confirmed that if Johnson was unwell and unable to work, Rabab, as the first Secretary of State, was the chosen minister in the stand-in.
Johnson insisted in a video message posted on his Twitter account, “There is no doubt that I can thank you for getting into the field of modern technology to lead the national fight against coronavirus. ”
A second cause for concern within the Downing Street quarter will be for Johnson’s pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds, who is expecting the couple’s child in a few months.
It is not known whether she will break away from Downing Street and self-isolate as pregnant women are generally advised to be more socially distant, and social contact is minimized by 12 weeks.
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The British Prime Minister tried to reassure the British public as he revealed that he had a temperature and a persistent cough as mild symptoms of COVID-19 and insisted that he and the country implement those measures’ Will get through. Was announced earlier this week.
He reiterated his call for everyone to ‘stay at home, protect the National Health Service and save lives’.
Sounding optimistic and insisting that ‘we will win’, he also used his message to thank the The National Health Service, which is in the frontline of the medical fight against the rapid spread of COVID-19 and said that on Thursday The night was moved by a national effort when people across the country came out of their homes to appreciate the NHS.
“It was very moving last night for The National Health Service to join that national clap. But it’s not just the T National Health Service, it’s our policy, our social care workers, teachers, everyone who works in schools, work and pensions Staff Department – I want to thank everyone who is working to get our country through this epidemic, ”he said.
A spokesman for Downing Street said that after experiencing mild symptoms on Thursday, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer of England.
The test was conducted at No 10 Downing Street by National Health Service staff and the test result was positive.
The spokesman said, “As per the guidance, the PM is self-segregated in Downing Street. He has continued to lead the government’s response to coronavirus.”
Meanwhile, Prince Charles’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, remains isolated at Windsor Castle and it has been confirmed that she met Johnson at their regular meetings on 11 March.
Although it is unconfirmed that the 93-year-old king has been tested so far, exposure to him more than the 14-day mark will bring relief to his colleagues, believed to be the incubation period of the virus.
There are over 11,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Britain, and 578 people have died – a jump of 100 in a single day on Thursday.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday described British Premier Boris Johnson as a “fighter” and hoped that he would recover from a coronavirus infection.
“Dear PM @Boris Johnson, you are a fighter and you will overcome this challenge too,” Modi tweeted.
He said he prays for his good health and wishes for the healthy UK.