UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, announced Friday that his coronavirus tests were positive.
"Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he tweeted. "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus."
In a video address posted later, the head of the government disclosed that he has heightened temperature and constant coughing, TASS reports.
Johnson, 55, is the first G20 leader with confirmed infection. Earlier, he participated in the G20 Extraordinary Summit on coronavirus, which took place in a video conference format.
According to The Sun, a number of ministers, who contacted Johnson recently, are recommended to self-isolate; among them are Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock. Meanwhile, a Reuters source disclosed that Rishi Sunak has not self-isolated yet.
By March 26, 11,600 confirmed coronavirus cases have been registered in the UK, while 113 people died. At the same time, the UK government acknowledges that the real number of the infected may be much higher.
Earlier, coronavirus was confirmed in Prince Charles of Wales, the 71-year old heir to the British throne.