The governments chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has been forced to self-isolate after showing symptoms of coronavirus.
Dr Whitty said, “After experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19 last night, in line with the guidance, I will be self-isolating at home for the next seven days.
“I will be continuing to advise the government on the medical response to coronavirus, supported by my deputies.”
Professor Whitty has been leading the medical coronavirus efforts with Boris Johnson and Matt Hanckcock who have both been tested positive for the virus on Friday.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the governments chief scientific advisor who has also help spearhead the medical challenges over coronavirus has not shown any symptoms and has not been tested.
Sir Patrick tweeted, “I have no #COVID19 symptoms so I have not been tested. I will continue following guidelines including social distancing and hand washing.”
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has tested positive with “mild symptoms” of coronavirus, just hours after the Prime Minister announced he also has the virus, striking the heart of British government.
Hancock said via Twitter, “Following medical advice, I was advised to test for Coronavirus. I‘ve tested positive.
The Prime Minster tweeted, “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.
“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.
“Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives.”
There are now 14,579 people across the UK with coronavirus. The UK total deaths now stands at 769, up by 168 in 24 hours, up by 31%.