UK PM stays isolated with mild symptoms, urges public to remain indoors

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that he is continuing with self-isolation as he is still displaying symptoms of the coronavirus, including having a temperature.

British PM said: "Although I am feeling better and I've done my seven days of isolation alas I still have one of the minor symptoms.

"I still have a temperature. So in accordance with government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes.

"But we're working clearly the whole time on our program to beat the virus."

Making a passionate plea to the public, he said: "I reckon a lot of people will be starting to think that this is all going on for quite a long time and would rather be getting out there, particularly if you’ve got kids in the household, everybody may be getting a bit stir crazy, and there may be just a temptation to get out there, hang out and start to break the regulations," he said.

“I just urge you not to do that."

He added: “This country has made a huge effort, a huge sacrifice, done absolutely brilliantly well in delaying the spread of the virus.

“Let’s stick with it now – remember that incredible clapping again last night for our fantastic NHS. We’re doing it to protect them and to save lives.”

It's been more than a week since the prime minister stood at the podium in Downing Street to deliver the daily coronavirus briefing.

Since announcing he'd tested positive for the virus seven days ago his public appearances have been limited to video clips filmed on his phone from inside his flat, above 11 Downing Street. — Agencies