WATCH | British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19

27 March 2020 - 13:33 By Khanyisile Ngcobo
UK PM Boris Johnson has contracted Covid-19, he announced on Friday. File photo.
UK PM Boris Johnson has contracted Covid-19, he announced on Friday. File photo.
Image: Hannah McKay/Reuters

British PM Boris Johnson has tested positive for Covid-19, he confirmed on Friday afternoon. 

Johnson, one of the first world leaders to contract the virus, posted a video on Twitter confirming he'd tested positive for the deadly virus, which has claimed thousands of lives since it emerged late last year. 

"Hi folks, I want to bring you up to speed with what is happening today, that is that I've developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus; that's to say a temperature, a persistent cough and on the advice of the chief medical officer, I've taken a test that has come out positive. 

"So I am working from home, I'm self-isolating and that's entirely the right thing to do. But be in no doubt I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus," Johnson said in a lengthy video.

He went on to thank healthcare workers, officers, teachers and volunteers for their efforts in fighting the pandemic.

Johnson joins a growing list of high-profile people who've tested positive for Covid-19, including Prince Charles, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and Idris Elba and his wife.

* This is a developing story


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