In another shocking news, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has screened coronavirus positively and is self-isolating but will continue to lead the government response to the outbreak.
British finance minister Rishi Sunak, however, is not self-isolating despite having tested positive for coronavirus by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a source said at the finance ministry. A spokesperson for Downing Street said Johnson, 55, had moderate symptoms on Thursday-a day after he replied in the House of Commons chamber at the weekly question-and-answer session of the prime minister.
Three G7 leaders are currently operating their respective countries — Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau and now Boris Johnson despite being quarantined.
Johnson would still work in an office and research at No. 11 Downing Street, his spokesperson said Friday after the British leader revealed that he had contracted coronavirus and had mild symptoms. He is seven days in self-isolation, the spokesman said.
Uk Reports Second High-Profile Outbreak
Johnson’s spokesperson said on a conference call with journalists the prime minister was getting meals left for him outside his door but would no longer appear in person at a regular news conference.
This is the second high-profile outbreak of coronavirus from the UK in the last three days. On Wednesday Prince Charles, the British throne’s 71-year-old successor tested positive for coronavirus. He has said he is in good health and is now isolating himself with mild symptoms in Scotland. Charles is Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son. He shows what Clarence House said were mild symptoms. But remains in good health and has been operating from his Scottish Birkhall residence. His 72-year-old wife Camilla has tested negative.
Queen Elizabeth who actually is in good health at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace said. 578 people have died in the UK. So far since positive coronavirus tests and the number of reported cases has risen to 11,658. According to a Reuters report, the UK toll is the seventh highest in the world. This is behind Italy, Spain, China, Iran, France and the USA. About 115 people died in the UK on Thursday after positive coronavirus tests.
The number of reported cases increased from 9,529 on Wednesday to 11,658 on Thursday. The ministry of health said on Day 3 of a national shutdown imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Britain was slower to improve social distancing steps than some of its European neighbours. This is with Johnson waiting until Monday night. This is to order restaurants and bars to close and people to stay home unless necessary. In Britain, the number of cases and deaths is smaller than in Italy, Spain and France. But health authorities and scientists have warned that the epidemic peak is several weeks away.