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On March 27, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus.
On Sunday, he was admitted to the hospital.
The prime minister, who has been self-isolating since his positive diagnosis at his official residence on 10 Downing Street, states that the hospital visit is merely a “precautionary step” as his symptoms have not subsided.
As of now, Johnson remains in charge of the government and has continued to chair daily digital meetings. He has also continued to release videos from his residence via social media while in self-isolation.
Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds, is pregnant and has been experiencing coronavirus symptoms since Saturday. While she has not been tested, her symptoms are reportedly letting up.
“I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus. I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend,” she tweeted yesterday.
The UK, which has effectively been on lockdown since March 23, has reported a total of 47,806 cases as of April 5, an increase of 5,903 cases from the day before. The UK also saw an increase of 621 deaths in a single day, bringing their total death toll to 4,934.
Like other nations, such as the United States, the UK does not have an adequate number of testing kits available for its population, which has resulted in only limited testing. As a result, many fear that the number of those with the virus is actually far higher than officially stated.
Also on April 5, Queen Elizabeth delivered a message of hope to the nation.
“Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it,” the Queen stated.
Other than her annual Christmas messages, the Queen has delivered an address like this on only three previous occasions, one of which was following the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
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