UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for Coronavirus, he announced in a video posted to his twitter account this morning:
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.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
Johnson says that he is exhibiting only mild symptoms, and will continue to lead the UK’s response to the crisis via videolink, while spending seven days in isolation.
Other UK cabinet ministers will not be tested because they are not displaying symptoms, partly because of criticism in the UK over a shortage of tests for NHS staff.
The heir to the UK Throne, HRH Prince Charles, announced that he had tested positive two days ago.
Queen Elizabeth and her husband, the 98-year old Duke of Edinburgh, remain in self-isolation for their own protection at Windsor Castle in Buckinghamshire.
The Queen and the Prime Minister usually meet for a weekly in-person audience, but this has been suspended for the duration of the crisis. The two last met in person on March 11th.
The Queen held her weekly Audience with the Prime Minister today by telephone. Her Majesty – pictured this evening at Windsor Castle – has held a weekly Audience with her Prime Minister throughout her reign. pic.twitter.com/9rYoLTfkO4
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 25, 2020