UK PM Boris Johnson tests positive for the new coronavirus

Darnell Taylor
March 27, 2020

Mr Johnson said: "I want to thank everyone who's been following the clear rules we set out on Monday and I want to thank everyone in the NHS, the frontline of the fight against COVID-19".

Britain's government is run from a series of interconnected buildings centered on 10 Downing St. and adjoining buildings - a warren of rooms and narrow corridors that is both the prime minister's home and the workplace of hundreds of people.

Johnson, 55, said Friday that he was tested for COVID-19 on the advice of the chief medical officer after showing "mild symptoms" involving a temperature and a persistent cough.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was also confirmed to have the virus.

On Thursday, Johnson's government announced that another 115 people had died after testing positive for the virus, bringing the total number of deaths to 578.

"Our NHS needs you - whether it's by volunteering or simply staying at home - you are helping your families, communities and protecting our NHS".

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He also downplayed the idea of sending interest rates into negative territory, saying they're not sensible at this stage. The BoC's surprise decision to cut interest rates to 0.25% provided an additional boost.

He said: "Times like this show just how generous the British people are and how much they value our health service - we are blown away by this response and the kindness of our country.

We are seeking a quarter of million volunteers - people in good health - to help the NHS, for shopping, in delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielded to protect their own health".

You can sign up to be an NHS volunteer responder here.

The pound suffered a knee-jerk retreat in the immediate aftermath of Johnson's disclosure but had soon recouped most of those losses and was trading 0.5% higher on the day at $1.2257.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that there would be a variety of jobs available, including parcel delivery and driving.

The PM also revealed the staggering numbers of people volunteering to help the NHS after making a plea for volunteers.

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