Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Downing St.
Mr Johnson revealed the news in a tweet after developing symptoms in the last 24 hours but insisted he would continue to lead the government through the crisis.
The PM chaired this morning’s Covid-19 meeting via videolink.
It raises fears that other key Downing St staff may have been exposed – and prominent members of the Cabinet, including the Health Secretary and the Chancellor.
No 10 staff do not have to self-isolate unless they show symptoms and a Downing St spokesman said he was “not aware” of any further testing of Cabinet ministers.
Anyone showing signs of coronavirus, which include a temperature and a persistent dry cough, have been instructed to self-isolate for seven days, and everyone living in their household should do the same for a two-week period. (Text and photo courtesy Mirror.co.uk)