Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating within 10 Downing Street.

According to the BBC, there are no plans for any change-over at this stage or for the Prime Minister to temporarily step-down.

The news comes as earlier this month, other MPs tested positive including Nadine Dorries, Kate Osborne and Lloyd Russell-Moyle.

The foot traffic coming in and out of 10 Downing Street is a factor in the increase in risk of infection.

Other high-profile figures so far testing positive for the virus include Idris Elba, Tom Hanks and Mikel Arteta as well as Prince Albert II of Monaco.

On the advice of the chief medical officer, the Prime Minister took the test for the virus and the result was positive.

On the Prime Minister’s Twitter account, he 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

The Prime Minister has been working in close proximity to a number of key workers including members of the cabinet who are tasked with combatting the COVID-19 outbreak.