UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday confirmed on Twitter that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

In his tweet, Johnson said he had developed "mild symptoms" over the past 24 hours and that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

"I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus," he added.


According to Johns Hopkins University, the United Kingdom has nearly 12,000 confirmed cases of the virus and at least 580 deaths.

Johnson is one of the first heads of state to announce a positive test for the coronavirus, after Monaco's Prince Albert last week, though there have been a few scares

On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reported that she had tested negative for COVID-19. Merkel entered quarantine on Sunday after she found out that her doctor had tested positive for the virus.


There were conflicting reports on whether Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had tested positive earlier in the month, but Bolsonaro stated that his tests were negative. Bolsonaro’s spokesman did test positive, however.

This forced White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos MORE to self-quarantine as she had come in contact with the aide when Bolsonaro and his delegation met with President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida earlier in March.

Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpScorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE have both tested negative for the virus. Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceHarris move into vice president's residence delayed Trump extended Secret Service protection for family members in final days in office: report Harris, Emhoff bid Pences farewell from Capitol steps MORE were tested Saturday after one of the vice president’s staffers tested positive. They were both negative.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Trump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE (R-S.C.), who was at the meeting with Bolsonaro, also self-quarantined. Both Grisham and Graham tested negative for COVID-19. Grisham returned to the White House to resume her duties on Wednesday.

Updated at 8:18 a.m.