U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson positive for coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain applauding in support of the National Health Service in London on Thursday night.Credit...Aaron Chown Press Association, via Associated Press

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and is suffering mild symptoms, the British government said on Friday. He is the first leader of a major Western country known to have contracted the virus.

Prime Minister Johnson has tweeted that he has tested positive for coronavirus. “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,” he said.

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