London, United Kingdom | AFP | Friday 3/27/2020
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.
"Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he said on Twitter, posting a video message.
"I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus," he wrote.
"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 fightback against coronavirus," he added in the video message.
A Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement that Johnson, whose partner Carrie Symonds is pregnant, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday and was tested for COVID-19 on the personal advice of England's chief medical officer.
The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff, the spokesperson added.
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