WATCH: Boris Johnson Tests Positive for COVID-19

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19.

The 55-year-old is the highest-profile political leader to have contracted the virus, and his positive test comes at the end of a week when he effectively closed down much of the British.

Johnson said Friday that he was tested for the virus on the advice of the chief medical officer after showing “mild symptoms” involving a temperature and a persistent cough.

“I've taken a test, that's come out positive so I am working from home, I am self-isolating, and that's entirely the right thing to do,” he said in a video message posted on

As well as thanking everyone in the public services for their “amazing national effort,'” Johnson also praised everyone who is staying at home.

The government said that if Johnson is unable to work, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would replace him.

Earlier this week Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, announced that he had tested positive for the virus.

 

— With files from The Canadian Press