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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

On Twitter, he said that he has developed "mild symptoms" and is now self-isolating. 

Despite the given circumstances, he has said that he will continue to lead the government's response to the outbreak via video conference. 

He said: "Hi folks I want to bring you up to speed with something that's happening today which is that I've developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus.

"That's to say a temperature and a persistent cough and on the advice of the chief medical officer, I've taken a test. That has come out positive. 

"So I'm working from home, I'm self-isolating. That is entirely the right thing to do. 

"But, be in no doubt that I can continue - thanks to the modern wizery of technology - to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fight back against coronavirus."

He continued by thanking NHS staff, police, social care workers, teachers and volunteers for their efforts during the coronavirus outbreak.

He reminded members of the public to continue to stay at home to stop the virus from moving from household to household.