Boris Johnson coronavirus positive: UK PM’s symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19

Boris Johnson coronavirus positive: UK PM’s symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19

Boris Johnson, 55, revealed on Twitter on Friday that over the last 24 hours he’s developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. The Prime Minister is now self-isolating, but said he will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as the country fights the virus, now known as COVID-19.

Boris made the announcement on Twitter. In a video posted from self-isolation he said: “I want to bring you up to speed with something that’s happening today, which is that I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus – a temperature and 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 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.

“And I want to thank everybody who’s involved, of course, above all, our amazing NHS staff.”

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The NHS lists the main symptoms of coronavirus as:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

If you develop these symptoms you should not leave your home.

Staying at home involves not going to places like a GP surgeries, pharmacies or hospitals.


If you have symptoms of coronavirus, the NHS says you’ll need to self-isolate for seven days.

After seven days, if you don’t have a high temperature you do not need to self-isolate.

It adds: “If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal.

“You do not need to self-isolate if you just have a cough after seven days. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.”

If you live with someone who is considered vulnerable – 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, the government advice is to try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, you should try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

You should try to keep two metres away from each other, avoid using shared spaces, such as kitchens or bathrooms, as the same time as each other, and opening windows in shared spaces is highly recommended.

You should avoid sharing a bed, if possible, and sharing towels, including hand towels and tea towels.

If you think you might have symptoms, you can find to what to do using the 111 coronavirus service

Published at Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:06:00 +0000