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27 March 2020

Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock test positive for COVID-19 and Chris Whitty announces he has symptoms


In a video message, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that he has developed 'mild symptoms of the coronavirus' and tested positive. He states that he is self-isolating as is 'entirely the right thing to do'. He thanks NHS staff, the police, social care workers, teachers and others. He also highlights the need to comply with measures. Johnson ends his statement with 'stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives'. Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tests positive for COVID-19, while Chief Medial Officer Chris Whitty says he has symptoms and is self-isolating.


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Guardian article