PM video message on coronavirus: 27 March 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recorded a video message on testing positive for coronavirus.

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Hi folks.

I want to bring you up to speed on something thats happening today which is that Ive developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus. Thats to say a temperature and a persistent cough.

And, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, Ive taken a test. That has come out positive.

So I am working from home. Im self-isolating. And thats entirely the right thing to do.

But be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus.

And I want to thank everybody whos involved, I want to thank, above all, our amazing NHS staff. It was very moving last night to join in that national clap for the NHS.

But its not just the NHS, its our police, our social care workers, teachers, everybody who works in schools, DWP staff.

An amazing national effort by the public services. But also by every member of the British public whos volunteering, an incredible response 600,000 people have volunteered to take part in a great national effort to protect people from the consequences of coronavirus I want to thank you.

I want to thank everybody whos working to keep our country going through this epidemic.

And we will get through it.

And the way were going to get through it is, of course, by applying the measures that youll have heard so much about.

And the more effectively we all comply with those measures, the faster our country will come through this epidemic and the faster well bounce back.

So thank you to everybody whos doing what Im doing, working from home, to stop the spread of the virus from household to household.

Thats the way were going to win, were going to beat it, and were going to beat it together.

Stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.

Published 27 March 2020