boris johnson tested positive coronavirus
Photo: Twitter / Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, he confirmed in a tweet on Friday morning.

boris johnson tested positive coronavirus
Photo: Twitter / Boris Johnson

The British PM said: “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives”

Buckingham Palace has revealed that Queen Elizabeth last saw Boris Johnson on 11 March, and is following all appropriate advice with regards to her welfare.

Yesterday the Queen’s son, and heir to the throne, Prince Charles confirmed he had coronavirus. He is currently in quarantine in Balmoral, Scotland, with his wife Camilla who tested negative.

South African expat Charlene of Monaco’s husband Prince Albert II also tested positive for covid-19.

Today it was sadly announced that the first two deaths from coronavirus in South Africa have occurred.

Last night, the British PM took part in the country’s nationwide clapping for its health carers. Johnson said: “On behalf of the whole country, I want to thank all the incredible nurses, doctors, NHS support staff & carers who are working flat out to fight coronavirus Clapping hands sign #ClapForOurCarers #ClapForNHS.”

He also announced yesterday that the British government has given a further “£210m of aid funding for vaccine research following today’s G20 call, meaning the UK is going above and beyond in the search for a vaccine.”

He called on governments around the world to “step up to help us defeat coronavirus”.

Over 405,000 people in the UK have signed up to help the NHS as volunteer responders.