Coronavirus live updates: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

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United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday morning that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson tweeted. “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 was tested on the advice of England’s chief medical officer, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.

“We will get through it,” Johnson said in a video message Friday.


A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than half a million people around the world since the first cases were detected in China back in December.

There are more than 533,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new respiratory virus, and over 24,000 people have died from the disease, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The United States has eclipsed China’s tally with nearly 86,000 diagnosed cases. The two countries, along with Italy, account for almost half of the world’s infections from the novel coronavirus.

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