UK PM Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has gone in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.

In a video message on social media, Prime Minister stated, “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.”

“I’m working from home, I’m self-isolating, and that’s entirely the right thing to do. But, 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 fight back against coronavirus,” he added.

Johnson is the second high-profile British individual to be infected by novel virus after Prince Charles – 71, heir to the U.K. throne tested positive for COVID-19.

PM Johnson has praised the efforts of health care workers, police, social care workers, teachers and 600,000 volunteers who are assisting authorities in an all-out national effort to contain the virus spread in the country.

“We will get through it. And the way we are going to get through it is of course by applying the measures that you’ve heard so much about. And the more effectively we all comply with those measures the faster are country will come through this epidemic and the faster we will bounce back,” he noted.

Mr Johnson highlighted the significance of staying indoors and practicing social distancing as recommended by health experts.

United Kingdom has reported more than 11,600 confirmed coronavirus cases with 578 casualties.