British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock has contracted the novel coronavirus.
He made his disclosure via twitter :“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,”
He was also on video, saying: “Hi folks, I want to bring you up to speed on something that is happening today, which is that I have developed mild symptoms of coronavirus. That is to say a temperature and a persistent cough. And on the advice of the chief medical officer, I have taken a test.
“That has come out positive so I am working from home. I am self isolating. That is entirely the right thing to do.
He however said he will continue in the discharge of his duties as Prime Minister, “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 fight back against coronavirus.”
Deaths due to Covid19 in the UK jumped by 181 to 759 in what was described as Britain’s darkest day of the crisis yet.
Almost 3,000 more also recently diagnosed.
Mr. Johnson’s pregnant partner Carrie Symonds is believed to be in self-isolation, although it is not known when they last saw each other or if she has been checked.
There had been outpouring of love and support for the PM from various quarters.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wished him “a speedy recovery and hope his family are safe and healthy.
“Coronavirus can and does affect anyone. Everyone be safe. Our own health depends on everybody else.”
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted: “Thoughts and prayers of whole nation with @BorisJohnson having tested positive for coronavirus.
“We are so grateful for your strong leadership at this time of crisis and know you will back with your trademark optimism before long! Thinking of you and Carrie.”
Shortly after after Mr. Johnson made his status public, his health secretary Hancock did same.
“I’ve tested positive. Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home & self-isolating,” he said on Twitter.
Almost 15,000 Britons have been infected, with 2,921 cases recorded in 24 hours.
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.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020