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Boris Johnson has coronavirus – prime minister tests positive for COVID-19

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Boris Johnson has confirmed he has tested positive for coronavirus.

He said in a statement: “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.”

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It comes after Prince Charles, 71, tested positive for coronavirus amid the pandemic.

Clarence House announced the news on Wednesday, March 25, in a statement.

The Prince of Wales recently moved to Balmoral with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to self-isolate.

Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Clarence House statement on Prince Charles

The statement read: “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus.

“He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health.

“He has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”

Camilla tested negative for the deadly bug.

The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus.

Prince Charles and Duchess, Camilla, are in their 70s and that puts them in the high-risk bracket.

The government advice for people that age or above to self-isolate for 12 weeks because it’s safer.

It comes after the Queen, 93, and Prince Philip, 98, were both moved from Buckingham Palace to the safety of Windsor Castle.

A statement from the Palace said: “Her Majesty will move to Windsor Castle for the Easter period on Thursday 19th March, one week earlier than planned.

“It is likely the Queen will stay there beyond the Easter period.

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A MESSAGE FROM HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN . As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty. We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them. At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal. We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals – today and in the coming days, weeks and months. Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part. ELIZABETH R

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Boris recently enforced a three-week lockdown in the UK in a bid to battle the coronavirus and issued new measures.

Boris issued one simple instruction: “You must stay at home.”

He explained that if “too many people become seriously unwell at one time the NHS will not be able to cope – it’s vital to slow the spread of the disease to protect the NHS’s ability to cope and save more lives”.

So, we are now only allowed to leave home for four reasons, he warned.

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Boris recently enforced a three-week lockdown in the UK (Credit: BBC)

Read more: Boris Johnson coronavirus warning: ‘Stay home or face fines and police enforcement’

What did he say?

“Shopping, one hour of exercise a day, any medical need or to provide care to elderly and, travel to and from work where absolutely necessary,” he added.

“These are the only reasons you should be leaving home.”

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