London(ANN)-The British Prime Minister has posted a video saying that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and shall self-isolate in Downing Street but shall continue to take charge of the government handling of the crisis.

Boris Johnson posted a video on Twitter on Friday morning saying he has a temperature and a persistent cough.

“I am working from home, I’m self-isolating, and that’s entirely the right thing to do,” he said. “But be in no doubt that I can continue… to communicate with all my top team and lead the national fightback against coronavirus.”

“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.”

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A Downing Street spokeswoman said, “After experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty. The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive.

“In keeping with the guidance, the Prime Minister is self-isolating in Downing Street. He is continuing to lead the government’s response to coronavirus.”

Health Secretary Hancock has also contracted the virus

Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday said he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Following medical advice, I was advised to test for #Coronavirus. I’ve tested positive. Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home & self-isolating,” Hancock announced on Twitter.