The Prime Minister has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Boris Johnson is continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus to the outbreak but is self-isolating.
A statement from 10 Downing Street said: “After experiencing mild symptoms, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.
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.
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— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
“The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive.
“In keeping with the guidance, the Prime Minister is self-isolating in Downing Street.”
Earlier this week Mr Johnson had said that the race to find a vaccine will be boosted by £210 million of new UK aid funding.
The announcement came following a virtual summit of G20 leaders.
The Prime Minister is calling on governments to work together to create a vaccine as quickly as possible and make it available to anyone who needs it.
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Mr Johnson said: “While our brilliant doctors and nurses fight coronavirus at home, this record British funding will help to find a vaccine for the entire world. UK medics and researchers are at the forefront of this pioneering work.
“My call to every G20 country and to governments around the world is to step up and help us defeat this virus.
“In the meantime, I want to repeat to everyone that they should stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
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