Prime Minister and health secretary test positive for virus

Mr Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson gained the support of New Forest MPs Julian Lewis and Sir Desmond Swayne

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, Number 10 has announced today (Friday).


A government statement said that after experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.

Later health secretary Matt Hancock announced he had also tested positive, and was showing mild symptoms.

Mr Johnson said in a video posted online that he developed a temperature and a persistent cough.

He said: “I am working from home, I am self-isolating and that’s entirely the right thing to do.

“But be in no doubt that I can continue thank to the wizardry of modern technology to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus.”

He went on to thank the NHS and everyone working to support the effort, and urged people to obey government restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus.

The initial Number 10 statement went on: “The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive.

“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.”