U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tests Positive for Coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has contracted COVID-19.

Friday on Instagram, the politician announced his diagnosis in a video addressed to the citizens of the United Kingdom.

“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” the 55-year-old wrote in the caption.

In the clip, the Leader of the Conservative Party said his symptoms included “a temperature and a persistent cough.”

Because of his health, Johnson is quarantining at No.10 Downing Street, the headquarters of the U.K. government.

However, he “will continue to lead the government’s response [to COVID-19] via video-conference as we fight this virus.”

“I want to thank everyone who’s working to keep our country going… we will get through it, and the way we’re going to get through it is, of course, by applying the measures we’ve heard so much about,” he added. “The more effectively we all comply with those measures, the faster our country will come through this [pandemic] and the faster we’ll bounce back.”

After his announcement, a royal spokesperson told People that Johnson last had contact with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace 16 days ago, on March 11.

“Her Majesty the Queen remains in good health,” the spokesperson told the publication on Friday. “The Queen last saw the PM on the 11th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regards to her welfare.”

Prince Charles, the Queen’s son, has tested positive for the virus.

On Monday, Johnson issued stay-at-home orders for English citizens.

Though the people of the U.K. will be allowed to shop for basic necessities, do one form of exercise a day, provide medical services, or work if absolutely vital, Johnson said in a televised statement, “You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no. You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.”

“If you don’t follow the rules, the police will have the power to enforce them,” he added.


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