British PM Boris Johnson's pregnant fiancée contracts coronavirus

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

The prime minister tested positive for the virus 10 days ago, but his symptoms "continue to persist".

Boris and Carrie are now self-isolating in a four-bedrooom flat above No 11 Downing Street, previously home to former Prime Ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair who both opted for the larger apartment over No 10 in order to have more room for their families.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: "On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests".

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests, 10 days after showing positive for the coronavirus, Downing Street said on Sunday.

Mr Johnson is the most high-profile world leader to contract the virus.

Downing Street said at the time of Johnson's announcement that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would take charge if the prime minister was incapacitated. He chaired a coronavirus meeting via video-link on 3 April.

The prime minister's pregnant fiancee, Carrie Symonds, also started to suffer from coronavirus symptoms, but she said she was "on the mend".

Ms Symonds' news comes five weeks after she announced her pregnancy, with her and Mr Johnson expecting in the United Kingdom summer alongside their plans to get married.

If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor (don't visit) or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood has resigned after being warned by police over a visit to her second home which broke her own social distancing guidelines.

The Sunday Times, however, reports that there have been "tensions" between Mr Gove and the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock "over where responsibilities begin and end".

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