British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, first world leader to do so

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, first world leader to do so

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday became the first world leader to test positive for coronavirus. 

Johnson confirmed the infection himself on his official Twitter account

Britain’s leader, who is 55, said he developed mild symptoms over the last 24 hours.

“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” he said. 

“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.”

A numbers of world leaders, including President Donald Trump and Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, have been tested for coronavirus recently after coming into contact with officials and advisers who caught the disease. 

Johnson has been chairing daily emergency coronavirus meetings with Britain’s treasury minister Rishi Sunak and health minister Matt Hancock, as well as holding daily online briefings with the media. During the media briefings, Johnson has appeared in person alongside the country’s top scientific and medical advisers. 

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