Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, and revealed he is self-isolating in a recent post uploaded to Twitter.
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
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. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/9Te6aFP0Ri
The Prime Minister told his followers: “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 governmentâs response via video-conference as we fight this virus.Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives”
Millions of home tests for Coronavirus are set to be made available to buy for people across the country.
Public Health England announced the news yesterday alongside plans to deliver the home tests to high street store shelves as well as Amazon home delivery.
Professor Sharon Peacock, the director of National Infection Service at Public Health England, told MPs that mass testing of the population will be available within days.
The tests are simple finger-prick style devices that will give you a simple positive or negative reading for COVID-19. They resemble pregnancy tests and are easy to use and allegedly produce responses in 10-15 minutes.
The UK government has bought 3.5 million tests, which reveal whether you have had the virus and therefor are thought to have a degree of immunity. The government could be set to allow people who have tested positive and fully recovered to return to work.
At the Prime Minister’s daily press conference last night, medical and scientific advisers said they needed to be 100% certain that the tests would work before they are made available.
“The key thing for us to do is evaluate – are these tests accurate enough to be used by the general public?” said Chris Whitty, chief medical officer at the conference. “If they are incredibly accurate, we will work out the quickest way to release them. If they are not accurate, we will not release any of them.”
The tests would, he said, “completely transform what we can do” – but were not as important as the antigen tests which are used to diagnose Covid-19 in sick hospital patients.
Boris Johnson had spoken about the need to get tests out as soon as possible.
He said “we will do it [distribute the tests] as soon as possible, we are massively ramping up our testing program.
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