British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus and is quarantining himself. He said he had a fever and persistent cough for the past 24 hours.
In a video posted to Twitter a few minutes ago, the British Prime Minister confirmed that he had mild symptoms in the past 24 hours and had tested positive for the virus.
“I am currently quarantining myself, but I will continue to lead the government to respond to the epidemic through an online video meeting. Together we will win the epidemic,” he said, posting the hashtag meaning “stay home to save lives “.
Mr. Johnson thanked the UK National Health Service (NHS) and everyone who worked to keep the country coping with the pandemic. He believes England will defeat the virus. He reiterated that staying at home is essential to stopping the spread of corona virus.
A spokesman for the British prime minister’s office said Johnson, 55, had mild symptoms on March 26, the day after his weekly press conference in the House of Commons.
“The prime minister was tested for corona virus on the personal advice of the British Medical Director, Professor Chris Whitty,” the spokesman said. “The test was performed by National Health Service (NHS) staff at No. 10 (Downing Street) and the result was positive,” he said.
Prime Minister Johnson is the latest senior figure infected with Covid-19. Before him, Prince Charles, the heir to the UK’s throne, was also positive for Covid-19. The Crown Prince and his wife are quarantining at home in Scotland.
By the afternoon of March 27, the UK recorded 11,816 cases. 580 people died.
The UK’s number of infected cases is the 8th highest in the world, after the US, China, Italy, Spain, Germany, Iran, France and Switzerland.
As recommended by the British government, people should stay home, only go out when they need to buy food, have a health problem or solve a job that cannot be done at home.
However, until last week, the government changed the policy (with sources claiming that this came from a Royal University London report on the worst-case scenario if social isolation was not applied. festival).
The government was also criticized for wanting to use the “herd immunity” strategy, after British government chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said that if about 60% of the UK population were ill, the virus would not spread again. . However, experts say there is not enough evidence to suggest that the UK government actually chose this strategy at the beginning.