British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

pharmafile | March 27, 2020 | News story | Medical Communications COVID-19, Coroanvirus 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, developing mild symptoms over the last 24 hours which included a temperature and a cough.

On Twitter he announced that: “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. Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives

He was tested at 10 Downing Street on the personal advice of Professor Chris Whitty, England’s Chief Medical Office.

It is unclear at this time if other members of the cabinet are getting tested, as many have been in close proximity with the Prime Minister over the last week.

Johnson will still be in charge of the government’s handling of the pandemic, but Dominic Rabb has been chosen to stand in if the illness means Johnson cannot do his job.

Currently, there are more 11,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK and 578 people have died.

Conor Kavanagh

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