PM reinforces ‘stay at home’ message in national address after testing positive for COVID-19

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has used a video appeal to the nation to reinforce the Government’s ‘stay at home' message after testing positive for the coronavirus this morning.

Johnson was showing visible effects of coronavirus during his video address
Johnson was showing visible effects of coronavirus during his video address

In a video message posted on his Twitter account, Johnson informed the nation he had tested positive for COVID-19 after displaying “mild symptoms” of the virus – a persistent cough and a temperature.

But Johnson will continue to lead the Government’s response to the pandemic, praising the “wizardry of modern technology to communicate with all my top team”.

Johnson took the opportunity to hammer home the key messages that the Government, NHS and Public Health England have been pushing to the general public since the virus reached the UK.

He said: “I am working from home. I’m self-isolating. And that’s entirely the right thing to do.”

Channeling his political hero, Winston Churchill, Johnson continued to hammer home crucial health advice to the public.

He said: “We will get through it. And the way we’re going to get through it is, of course, by applying the measures that you’ll have heard so much about.”

Johnson said that if people complied with government edicts to stay at home, the country would come through the pandemic faster and protect the National Health Service.

He thanked everyone who had already complied and who was, like him, working from home “to stop the spread of the virus from household to household”.

He added: “That’s the way we’re going to win, we’re going to beat it, and we’re going to beat it together. Stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.”

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, also announced this morning that he had tested positive for coronavirus and he echoed similar sentiments to the prime minister.

Johnson also used the opportunity of a national address to heap praise and thanks on the NHS as well as other public sector employees, including teachers, police and DWP staff.

He referred to yesterday's 'Clap for carers', when people across the country came out of their homes at 8pm to give a round of applause to those working in the NHS.

“It was very moving last night to join in that national clap for the NHS,” he said.

The news of Johnson's positive test for COVID-19 could bring forward the Government's plan for continuity in its comms efforts, reported yesterday.

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