British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

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  • British PM Boris Johnson took to social media to announce he has tested positive for coronavirus.

    He says he is self-isolating and will continue to lead his government’s response to fight the COVID-19 outbreak via video conference.

    The ABC’s Europe correspondent Linton Besser tells The World’s Yvonne Yong the news will come as a shock to many in the UK.

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    Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is a British politician, writer, and former journalist, who has served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019. He was Foreign Secretary from 2016 to 2018 and Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016.

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