Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus Covid-19.
The Prime Minister confirmed he had developed mild symptoms – “a temperature and persistent cough” – over the last 24 hours and, on the advice of the chief medical officer, he took a test which returned positive for coronavirus.
The 55-year-old said he was now self-isolating and working from home.
He wrote on Twitter: “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.
He said thanks to “the wizardry of modern technology” he would continue to lead the national fightback against the virus.
He thanked the NHS and everybody working to keep the country going through the pandemic and remained confident the UK would beat the virus.
Downing Street said Mr Johnson had been tested on the advice of his chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, having been experiencing “mild symptoms” on Thursday.
“The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive,” the statement added.
“In keeping with the guidance, the Prime Minister is self-isolating in Downing Street.
“He is continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus.”