In a video message posted to his Twitter account Friday, he explained he had developed “mild symptoms” over the last 24 hours — “a temperature and a persistent cough.”
“On the advice of the chief medical officer I have taken a test. That has come out positive, so, I am working from home,” Johnson said. “I’m self-isolating. And that’s entirely the right thing to do.”Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives✔@BorisJohnson
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.
Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives
“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 fight back against coronavirus,” he added.
The White House says President Trump spoke with Johnson today, where he “thanked the Prime Minister for his close friendship and wished him a speedy recovery.”
Johnson’s diagnosis comes just a couple of days after Prince Charles revealed a positive test. U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Friday that he has it as well — and like Johnson, is now working from home.