British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has contracted the corona virus. He announced this on Friday via short message service Twitter. He developed mild symptoms, cough and fever, Johnson said in a video message. A test was positive.
“I work from home, I’m self-isolating,” said the 55-year-old politician. Thanks to modern technology, he can continue to communicate with his top team to lead the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in his country.
Shortly after him, Health Minister Matt Hancock said he had tested positive for the virus, but he too had only mild symptoms. In the evening, the government’s top health advisor, Chris Whitty, joined the party. He went into self-isolation because of symptoms, he wrote on Twitter. He would continue to advise the government anyway.
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It was initially unclear whether other cabinet members and government employees had been infected. According to Secretary of State Dominic Raab, the BBC would take his place if Johnson were to fall ill because of the illness. Despite everything, Johnson was optimistic. “We will defeat it (the virus), we will defeat it together,” said the prime minister.
It had already been announced on Wednesday that heir to the throne, Prince Charles, had also been infected with the pathogen Sars-CoV-2. But even with him the symptoms are said to be mild. However, at the age of 71, Prince Charles belongs to a group with an increased risk from the lung disease Covid-19.
Queen Elizabeth II, who will turn 94 next month, and Prince Philip, 98, have already retreated to Windsor Castle as a precaution. The queen was still in good health , the palace said on Friday. The last time she saw Johnson was on March 11, and she was following appropriate advice about her well-being.