British health minister Matt Hancock said on Twitter on Friday he has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at home with mild symptoms.
Less than two hours earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he too had tested positive for the virus.
Hancock said that he was tested after medical advice. “I‘ve tested positive. Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home & self-isolating.
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Vital we follow the advice to protect our NHS & save lives,” he said.
Here’s his tweet from personal Twitter account
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a video message has revealed that he has tested positive for the coronavirus after he developed mild symptoms of the disease over the last 24 hours.
Following medical advice, I was advised to test for #Coronavirus.I‘ve tested positive. Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home & self-isolating. Vital we follow the advice to protect our NHS & save lives#StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/TguWH6Blij
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) March 27, 2020
“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” Johnson said in the video message.
A Downing Street spokesman said Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday – a day after he answered at the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in the chamber of the House of Commons.
A day earlier, Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, also tested positive with mild symptoms.
“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus,” Charles’ office said in a statement. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.
There are more than 11,600 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK. More than 570 people have died from the disease.