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British PM tests positive for coronavirus

2020-03-27 HKT 19:33
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British Prime Minster Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus.

In message posted on the social media, Johnson said he is now isolation, but will continue to lead the government.

"Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he said.

“I’ve taken a test, that’s come out positive so I am working from home, I am self-isolating, and that’s entirely the right thing to do," he said in a video message posted on his Twitter account.

“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.”

The government said that if Johnson is unable to work, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will replace him.

Johnson has met in person with some senior ministers and officials this week, and has appeared at press conferences alongside his top medical and scientific advisers.

This comes just days after Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth, tested positive for the coronavirus which is wreaking havoc in the country. (AFP)

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Last updated: 2020-03-27 HKT 19:55