Wednesday 23 September, 2020

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, tests positive for coronavirus

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020 file photo Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street for the House of Commons for his weekly Prime Minister's Questions in London. Prime Minister Johnson has tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020 file photo Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street for the House of Commons for his weekly Prime Minister's Questions in London. Prime Minister Johnson has tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, but remains in charge of the United Kingdom’s response to the outbreak.

Johnson’s office said he was tested on the advice of the chief medical officer after showing mild symptoms.

The statement said Johnson is self-isolating at his 10 Downing Street residence and continuing to lead the country’s response to COVID-19.

In a video message, Johnson said he had a temperature and a persistent cough.

“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 said.

Earlier this week, Britain’s Prince Charles announced that he had tested positive for the virus.

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