BORIS Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, it was revealed today.
The PM, 55, was tested yesterday after experiencing mild symptoms yesterday afternoon and will remain in self-isolation for at least seven days.
He said in a video this morning: “I have developed minor symptoms of the coronavirus, a temperature and a persistent cough and on the advice of the chief medical officer I have taken a test. That has come out positive.
“I am working from home, I am self-isolating, and that is entirely the right thing to do.
“But be in no doubt that I can continue thanks to the wizardry of modern technology to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus.
“I want to thank above all our NHS staff.
“It was very moving last night to join the national clap, but it’s not just the NHS, it’s our police, our social care workers, teachers, everybody who works in schools, DWP staff.”
He will have to self-isolate from his girlfriend and fiance, Carrie Symonds, 32, who is currently pregnant – and in the more at risk category.
It comes after he was snapped clapping to praise the NHS outside No10 just last night.
A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed the news, saying: “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.
“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.”
The news comes just weeks after Boris said that he was continuing to shake hands with everyone, despite the risk of the virus spreading.
It may mean that Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, will have to take over duties if the PM becomes more ill.
Just yesterday Boris took part in a G20 call with other leaders around the world to coordinate the international response.
The PM last saw the Queen on March 18th, it is believed, which means she may also be at risk.
Multiple No10 staff, the Chancellor and possibly Matt Hancock the Health Secretary, will also have to so do.
Coronavirus victims are thought to be contagious for between two and 12 days before symptoms start appearing.