UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will now self-isolate.
Johnson announced the news in a video clip posted on Twitter on Friday morning.
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The Prime Minister said he had experienced "mild symptoms" of the COVID-19 disease and would continue to lead the UK government's response to the crisis.
A spokesperson for Johnson said the prime minister began to experience a cough and temperature on Thursday afternoon and was confirmed to have tested positive for the virus by midnight.
Despite experiencing symptoms of the virus, Johnson took part in the national public applause for NHS workers outside his residence on Thursday evening.
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The prime minister will now remain in his 11 Downing Street residence for seven days with doors closed to the rest of the prime minister's offices.
"Number 10 is considered a workplace," the spokesman said.
"The advice to staff here and the PM's colleagues is that they don't need to do anything in terms of self-isolation unless they start to have symptoms, in which case they should follow PHE advice."
Johnson hadÂ previously declinedÂ testing for the coronavirus after coming into contact with a minister who had also tested positive for COVID-19.
He has agreed to make the Foreign Secretary Domonic RaabÂ his "designated survivor"Â if he falls seriously ill.
Under the plan Raab, will step in as the prime minister's de facto deputy.
Johnson has met with large numbers of people while leading his government's response to the ...