UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. He is the first world leader to confirm a diagnosis.
Johnson said he was able to continue carrying out his duties despite his illness. "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. Together we will beat this," Johnson wrote Friday on Twitter. In a video, Johnson said he was experiencing a temperature and a persistent cough. He took a test on the advice of the country's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty. A government spokesperson said that the test was carried out in Downing Street by staff from the NHS, the country's public healthcare system.
At this time Johnson's fiancee, Carrie Symonds, is pregnant. „I wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery and hope his family are safe and healthy. Coronavirus can and does affect anyone. Everyone be safe. Our own health depends on everybody else,” Jeremy Corbyn wrote. Emergency plans are activated all over the country.