PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus.

He is currently experiencing mild symptoms.

Looking tired but otherwise well, the Prime Minister broke the news to the nation in a video posted on his Twitter account.

He said: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus - that's to say a temperature and a persistent cough.

"On the advice of the chief medical officer I have taken a test.

"That has come out positive.

"So I am working from home: I'm self-isolating. That's 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."

The Prime Minister went on to thank the country's NHS, saying that he had found it a moving experience to take part in last nights nationwide clapping event to thank health service workers who are working at the sharp end of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK's hospitals."

Mr Johnson went on to praise the ongoing effort of public servants - including the police, teachers, and social care workers - to tackle Covid-19.

He said that it was by taking the advice to stay at home that the UK could stop the virus spreading from household to household.

"We're going to beat it - and we're going to beat it together," he said.

He added: "Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."