British PM Boris Johnson infected with coronavirus
BREAKING: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the health secretary, Matt Hancock, have tested positive for coronavirus, leaving them each to work in isolation on leading the government’s efforts to tackle the pandemic.
Johnson said he had developed mild symptoms over the past 24 hours, including temperature and cough.
He is self-isolating in Downing Street but said he will “continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus”.
After Johnson tested positive, the country’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed he has also been infected and would be self-isolating until next Thursday. Hancock described his symptoms as mild and said he would be self-isolating at home. He also said he would be doing “everything I can to get our carers the support they need.”
It comes as another 181 people died with the virus in a day, taking the total number of UK deaths to 759, with 14,579 confirmed cases.
Spain recorded 769 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in the country due to the coronavirus to 4,858.
The United States now has more coronavirus cases than any other country with more than 86,000 infections, pushing the total numbers worldwide to more than 553,000.