U.K Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, BBC reported on Friday, quoting Downing Street which is the official residence and the office of the British Prime Minister.
Johnson is said to have presented mild symptoms and will self-isolate at his residence.
“He was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty,” a statement said.
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
He will still be in charge of the government’s handling of the crisis, the statement added.
The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK had jumped by more than 100 in a day for the first time, by Thursday.
The death toll had risen from 475 to 578, health on Thursday with 11,658 confirmed cases.
The news regarding PM Johnson come just two days after the Prince of Wales also tested positive for coronavirus.
Prince Charles, 71, too displayed mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said.
The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus.