British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has become the first world leader to say he has tested positive for coronavirus — with his Health Secretary also contracting the illness, in a double blow to the U.K. government’s response to the crisis.
Johnson will self-isolate in Downing Street for seven days after a test on Thursday found he had the virus, his spokesman James Slack told reporters on Friday. Meals will be left at Johnson’s door while he continues to work by video-conference, Slack said.
“I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus, that’s to say a temperature and a persistent cough,” Johnson said in a video posted on Twitter. “Be in no doubt I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team, to lead the national fightback against coronavirus.”
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The U.K. effort to counter the pandemic was further complicated when Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who has been leading the policy with Johnson, also announced he had tested positive.
“I’ll be self-isolating here until next Thursday,” Hancock said in a video posted on Twitter. “Fortunately the symptoms for me so far have been very mild, so I’ve been able to carry on with the work, driving forward the U.K. response.”
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