British PM Johnson, health secretary Hancock test positive for coronavirus
LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that he has tested positive for coronavirus after experiencing "mild symptoms", becoming the first world leader to announce the infection.
Minutes after Johnson's announcement, his health secretary Matt Hancock tweeted that he too was infected and was in self-isolation.
In a video message posted on Twitter, the 55-year-old Johnson said he will continue to lead the UK go nment's response to the deadly virus, which has claimed 578 lives in the country.
“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson said on Twitter.
“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the go nment's response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this,” he said.
Hancock, who is a key member of Johnson's coronavirus "War Cabinet”, said in a video message that he will be self-isolating until Thursday.
“Following medical advice, I was advised to test for coronavirus. I've tested positive,” Hancock posted on Twitter.
The 41-year-old minister said: “Fortunately for me, the symptoms so far have been very mild so I've been able to carry on with the work driving forward the UK response."
The two announcements sent shockwaves across the top rung of the UK go nment, with most senior ministers and civil servants in and out of 10 Downing Street as they work to curb the spread of the pandemic.
There are more than 11,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, and 578 people have died - a jump of 100 in a single day on Thursday.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who has previously tested negative for the deadly virus after displaying cough symptoms, will be the next in command in case Johnson has to take some time off if he gets more ill.
The news comes just days after it was confirmed that Prince Charles had been diagnosed with COVID-19 but was displaying similarly mild symptoms. Clarence House said the 71-year-old heir to the British throne was self-isolating in Scotland and remained in "good health" as he continued to work from home.
Meanwhile, the mother of Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, remains in isolation in Windsor Castle and it has been confirmed that she last met Johnson for one of their regular meetings on March 11.
While it is unconfirmed if the 93-year-old monarch has been tested so far, her aides would be relieved at her exposure now over the 14-day mark, believed to be the incubation period of the virus.
China is a financial SUPERPOWER. Countries of the Indian subcontinent .... are on the opposite end of the spectrum!
whole England should get this ...... they are suffering because of the sin their ancestors committed by colonialism imperialism on india......
Modi is next.
We hope Mr. john boris gets well soon
wishing him a speedy recovery
don't Buy Mi phones
Hope they die sooner ...
Very sad news
All the european countries are now suffering a lot with the covid-19 this is because they have tik it light at first
So he caught common cold. LOL Enough of this corona nonsense. It's a HOAX. Their deception will be over soon.
this Virus has no distinction between VVIPs and Street Urchins.
Not a big issue, this same people had shut their mouths when 24000 people are dying every day in this world due hunger and hunger related ailments, but never did anything about them. Now when only 20000 died in last three months whole world and media is concerned. Hypocrisy and nothing else
Health secretary has coronavirus is Heights. He can't take care how would he be helping people.
Load of financial sanctions must be imposed on China
Can India do it?