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WORLD | 27-03-2020 08:55

British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19

Tory leader confirms in video posted on Twitter that he has "developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday 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. 

"I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus."

Johnson said Friday that he was tested for Covid-19 on the advice of the chief medical officer after showing “mild symptoms” involving a temperature and a persistent cough.

“I’ve taken a test, that’s come out positive so I am working from home, I am self-isolating, and that’s entirely the right thing to do," he said in a video message posted on his Twitter account.

“But 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.”

The government said that if Johnson is unable to work, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will replace him.

Johnson has met in person with some senior ministers and officials this week, and has appeared at press conferences alongside his top medical and scientific advisers.

Earlier this week Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, announced that he had tested positive for the virus.

– TIMES/AFP/AP

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