Mr Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, Downing Street says. His symptoms are mild and he will continue to lead the government response to the virus while he self-isolates, a spokesman says.
PM to ‘lead the national fightback’ from home
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will continue to lead the nation from home after testing positive for Covid-19.
“I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus, that’s a temperature and a persistent cough,” Mr Johnson said in a video posted on his Twitter account.
“On the advice of the chief medical officer, I have taken a test and that has come out positive.
“I’m working from home and self-isolating. That’s entirely the right thing to do.
“I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of technology, to communicate with my top team and lead the national fightback against the virus.”
The UK will update its guidance for health workers on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) within two days.
At the moment, health authorities across the UK say equipment such as masks, gloves and gowns should only be used if patients have suspected symptoms or have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
But the NHS Confederation says staff feel “at risk” of contracting Covid-19 unless they wear PPE while dealing with all patients.
Guidelines from the World Health Organization currently recommend health staff wear a full gown and visor.
Meanwhile, two GPs who say they are experiencing coronavirus symptoms have said that they contracted the virus while seeing patients.