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Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves for Buckingham Palace after winning the 2019 General Election in Downing Street, London, England, UK on 13th December 2019. VOA

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he had tested positive for coronavirus and was in self-isolation at his Downing Street office.

Here is reaction to the news.


Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of UK’s Opposition Labor Party

“I wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery and hope his family are safe and healthy. Coronavirus can and does affect anyone. Everyone be safe. Our own health depends on everybody else.”

Indain Prime Minister Narendra Modi

“You’re a fighter and you will overcome this challenge as well. Prayers for your good health and best wishes in ensuring a healthy UK.”


Indain Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “You’re a fighter and you will overcome this challenge as well.” Wikimedia Commons

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster

“Best wishes to the PM and Carrie (Symonds, Johnson’s fiancee). No one is immune. Let’s all follow the guidelines.”

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

“I send my very best wishes to Boris Johnson and his family. I don’t underestimate for anybody how difficult it is to be positive for this virus so I certainly send my best wishes to him for a very speedy recovery.” (VOA)


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