Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus – all we know so far

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Boris Johnson tested positive for Covid-19 on March 26. The Prime Minister had mild symptoms and the head doctor advised him to take a test.

British Health Secretary Hancock also confirmed that he had tested positive for Covid-19 after the Prime Minister’s announcement. Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief adviser, self-isolates after showing symptoms.

Johnson isolates himself at 11 Downing Street and was cordoned off for seven days “to make it a home,” said the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson.

Prime Minister’s meals are left at the gates between 10 and 11 Downing Street.

Mr. Johnson continued to lead the government’s crisis management by videophone because he felt well enough to continue working.

Johnson, 55, announced the results of the test by posting a video on Twitter on March 27, where he said he had developed a persistent temperature and cough.

He took the opportunity to thank the NHS and said that it was “very moving” to participate in the clap for NHS staff on March 26. He then thanked the national services for their “great national effort” and thanked those who signed up for volunteering.

He said on March 27: “In the past 24 hours, I have developed mild symptoms and a positive test for the coronavirus.

“I am self-isolating now, but I will continue to lead the government’s response by videoconference as we fight this virus.

“Together, we will beat this. “

A Downing Street spokesperson said, “After experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of the Chief Medical Officer of England, Professor Chris Whitty.

“The test was done in issue 10 by NHS staff and the test result was positive. As directed, the Prime Minister isolates himself at Downing Street. “

Who would intervene if Johnson could not continue to play his role?

Johnson is currently not expected to hand over the reins to Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who would step in as acting Prime Minister if the Prime Minister was unable to continue playing his role.

If Mr. Raab was also ill, the PM has the power to delegate responsibility to any of his ministers.

But Johnson said he continues to lead the country through the epidemic because he has only mild symptoms.

Who did the Prime Minister come into close contact with?

British Health Secretary Hancock confirmed that he had tested positive for Covid-19 after the Prime Minister’s announcement.

In a tweet, Hancock said, “Following medical advice, I was advised to test for the coronavirus.

“I have tested positive.

“Fortunately, my symptoms are mild and I work from home and I isolate myself. “

He added that it was “vital that we follow the advice to protect our NHS and save lives.”

The Prime Minister has regular hearings with the Queen. Asked about the Queen’s well-being, following the Prime Minister’s diagnosis, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “Her Majesty the Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw the Prime Minister on March 11 and is following all appropriate advice with regard to his well-being. “

The Queen, 93, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, practice “social distancing” in Windsor, on the advice of the government for those over 70.

She relies on modern technology to stay in touch with her grandchildren and great grandchildren during a period of social distancing.

On Wednesday, the Queen and Mr. Johnson had their weekly hearing by telephone.

Several Downing Street staff members are also believed to be isolated. The Prime Minister recently held a cabinet meeting by videoconference and held talks with G20 leaders on Thursday in a virtual meeting, as shown below.

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, who was last seen observing the two-meter rule while cheering for the NHS alongside the Prime Minister, has not passed any tests and is not displaying no symptoms.

Mr. Sunak now works from his HM Treasury office in Whitehhall. It is understood that the Chancellor has not yet moved his family to the apartment to which he is entitled above 10 Downing Street.

Prime Minister Carrie Symonds’ pregnant partner is alone away from No. 10 with the couple’s dog, Dilyn.

No 10 said they would not continue contact tracing. Instead, people with symptoms should self-isolate.

Politicians wish Prime Minister good luck on social media

A number of politicians have wished the Prime Minister a full recovery on Twitter.

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn spread messages across the political divide.

He tweeted, “I wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery and I hope his family is safe and in good health. Coronavirus can and does affect everyone. Everyone is safe. Our own health depends on everyone else. “

Shadow Secretary of State Diane Abbott tweeted, “I don’t want anyone to get sick. I wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery. I hope that everyone will receive the care and medical care they need in the coming days. “

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wrote: “Sorry to hear that and I hope you will feel better soon.

“Thank you for everything your government is doing to help us fight this.

“It’s a reminder that anyone can get Covid-19. We all have to follow the rules and stay home to help our incredible NHS staff save lives. “

Nigel Farage posted: “Wishing well @BorisJohnson and a very quick recovery. “

And former Chancellor Sajid Javid replied, “Get well soon. I send you the best wishes from the Javid family and Bailey. “

European Council President Charles Michel tweeted: “Heal soon @BorisJohnson Europe wishes you a speedy recovery. I think we will win this fight against Covid-19 together. “

Calendar of each public appearance of the Prime Minister in the past month

By Christopher Hope of the Telegraph

Friday February 28

Boris Johnson visits the A&E department of Kettering General Hospital, posing for selfies with patients.

Tuesday March 3

5:00 pm: Boris Johnson is hosting a press conference alongside chief medical officer Sir Patrick Vallance at 10 Downing Street a few days after a visit to Kettering Hospital. He says, “I was in the hospital the other night where there were a few patients with coronavirus. I have shaken hands with everyone you will be happy to know and I continue to shake hands. “

Sources in Number 10 later said that he had not shaken the hands of any coronavirus patient in the hospital.

Wednesday March 4

Boris Johnson faces Jeremy Corbyn with questions from the Prime Minister. PM informs MEPs that workers will not have to wait three days to receive statutory sickness benefits.

Monday March 9

3:00 p.m. Boris Johnson, with his pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds on his arm, meets the Queen, the Prince of Wales and other members of the royal family for the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

5 pm: Boris Johnson is organizing a press conference at 10 Downing Street alongside Sir Patrick Vallance and the British chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, saying that confining the virus is now “extremely unlikely to work on its own”.

Wednesday March 11

Boris Johnson chairs his weekly cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street a day later than usual.

Boris Johnson faces Jeremy Corbyn with questions from the Prime Minister in the House of Commons and sits alongside Rishi Sunak as the chancellor unveils budgeted 30 billion pounds of coronavirus measures.

Afternoon: Johnson meets Queen for weekly audience with him the last time they meet in person.

Thursday March 12

5:00 pm: Boris Johnson is hosting a press conference at 10 Downing Street alongside Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty, saying that Britain is facing the “worst public health crisis in a generation”.

Monday March 16

5:00 pm Boris Johnson is hosting a press conference at 10 Downing Street with Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, saying, “Now is the time for everyone to end non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel. “

Tuesday March 17

Boris Johnson chairs his weekly cabinet meeting.

5 pm: The Prime Minister, with Rishi Sunak at his side, reveals 330 billion pounds of loans to companies affected by the coronavirus.

Wednesday March 18

Boris Johnson faces Jeremy Corbyn with questions from the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.

5pm: Boris Johnson is hosting a press conference at 10 Downing Street to announce that most schools in England will close for the most part from Friday March 20.

Thursday March 19

5:00 p.m .: Boris Johnson is hosting a press conference at 10 Downing Street, flanked by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance. The Prime Minister has said that the UK can “turn the tide” on the coronavirus crisis in 12 weeks.

Friday March 20

5 p.m .: Boris Johnson holds a press conference at 10 Downing Street and announces that cafes, pubs and restaurants must close as of Friday evening except for takeout to fight coronaviruses.

Sunday March 22

4.30pm: Boris Johnson hosts a press conference at 10 Downing Street, accompanied by Robert Jenrick, the secretary of the communities, and Dr. Jenny Harries, the assistant chief medical officer, announcing that 1.5 million vulnerable people must be “protected” at home against coronaviruses.

Tuesday March 24

9:30 am: The Prime Minister chairs his weekly Cabinet meeting. Most cabinet ministers attend by videoconference. Only Secretary of Health Matt Hancock, Secretary to the Cabinet Sir Mark Sedwill and Professor Chris Whitty are with him in the Cabinet Room.

Wednesday March 25

Boris Johnson faces Jeremy Corbyn with questions from the Prime Minister in the House of Commons for the last time before Parliament’s break for the Easter holidays.

5 p.m .: Boris Johnson is organizing a press conference at 10 Downing Street, flanked by Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance. PM says “in just 24 hours 405,000 people answered the call” to help the NHS.

Thursday March 26

In the early afternoon: Boris Johnson complains of a cough and mild temperature.

Late afternoon: Boris Johnson is tested for coronavirus.

8 p.m .: Boris Johnson joins Chancellor Rishi Sunak to applaud NHS workers at Downing Street.

Midnight: the results come back to show that the Prime Minister was positive for Covid-19.

Friday March 27

9:30 a.m .: Boris Johnson chairs a coronavirus war cabinet meeting via video link.

10:30 am: Boris Johnson records a video titled “update from me” on Facebook in which he says he has “mild symptoms” of coronavirus but adding, “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government response via video conference we are fighting this virus. ”

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