U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, Downing Street said on Friday. He began experiencing symptoms on Thursday and was advised by England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty to undergo testing for the virus.
"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. He is continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.
This comes after Johnson's recent visit to a hospital where British patients were being treated for the Coronavirus, where the Prime Minister boasted about shaking hands with everyone he visited.
"I was at a hospital the other night where I think there were a few coronavirus patients and I shook hands with everybody, you will be pleased to know, and I continue to shake hands," he said. "People obviously can make up their own minds but I think the scientific evidence is… our judgement is that washing your hands is the crucial thing."
In keeping with the requests of medical experts, Mr. Johnson is self-isolating in an apartment at 11 Downing Street, where he will continue to direct the country's efforts against the pandemic from the vacated offices of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s private office. Meals will be delivered for him to collect and state of the art teleconferencing equipment has been installed at his workspace.