Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Johnson backed out of his own leadership campaign after Michael Gove, another Leave campaigner, challenged him with his own bid.Reuters

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

Mr Johnson confirmed on Twitter: "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.

"Together we will beat this."

The news comes just hours after Johnson was seen on Thursday evening outside 10 Downing Street joining in a nationwide applaude to thank health workers battling the coronavirus in the NHS.

As of Friday morning, there have been confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with 578 people having died with Covid-19.  Thursday was the first 24-hour period where 100 or more people had died in the UK due to the pandemic.

Earlier this week, Prince Charles also tested positive for coronavirus after developing mild symptoms. The 71-year-old is currertly in Scotlant with wife Camilla, self-isolating but otherwise in reasonable health so far.