UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive, has ‘mild symptoms’

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive, has 'mild symptoms'

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street on his way to Buckingham Palace after the general election in London, Britain, December 13, 2019.

Thomas Mukoya | Reuters

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, and that he was experiencing “mild symptoms.”

Johnson, 55, said in a video posted to Twitter that he had developed “a temperature and a persistent cough,” and that he would self-isolate at home.

“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,” Johnson said.

Johnson was tested for COVID-19 on Thursday after experiencing symptoms of the virus, a spokesman for No. 10 Downing Street confirmed in a statement.

“The test was carried out in No 10 by [National Health Service] staff and the result of the test was positive,” the spokesman said. “In keeping with the guidance, the Prime Minister is self-isolating in Downing Street.”

“He is continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus,” the spokesman said.

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