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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tests Positive For COVID-19 As Russia, Hungary Expand Lockdowns: Live Updates

Summary:

  • Boris Johnson tests positive
  • US stock futures turn lower after 3-day rebound
  • Global case total nears 538k
  • US case total nears 86k, with ~1300 deaths
  • China border closure begins
  • 1 in 10 Americans say they know somebody with the virus
  • South Africa lockdown begins as country confirms first 2 deaths
  • Hong Kong reports 65 new cases, largest daily jump
  • Singapore makes standing too close to somebody else illegal
  • North Korea says 2,280 people still in quarantine
  • All of Russia placed on lockdown
  • Hungary PM announces lockdown plans
  • Israel mobilizes army to enforce lockdowns
  • President Xi, Trump promise to “unite” to fight virus during call

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Update (0720ET): Just days after placing his entire country on a strict lockdown, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson tweeted. “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.”

Johnson was tested on the advice of England’s chief medical officer, a spokesman  said.

His symptoms are said to be ‘mild’ and he will continue to run the country while self-isolating, just as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has done.

  • UK PM JOHNSON HAS MILD SYMPTOMS AND WILL SELF ISOLATE
  •  UK PM JOHNSON WILL STILL BE IN CHARGE OF UK GOVT HANDLING OF CRISIS

In a twitter message, Johnson seems to be doing okay. “We will get through it,” he said in a tweeted video message.

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