Reaction to news UK's Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he had tested positive for coronavirus and was in self-isolation at his Downing Street office.

Reuters March 28, 2020 00:11:21 IST
Reaction to news UK's Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus

Reaction to news UKs Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he had tested positive for coronavirus and was in self-isolation at his Downing Street office.

Here is reaction to the news.

IRISH PRIME MINISTER LEO VARADKAR

"I certainly hope that he makes a speedy recovery.

"I don't want to criticise any government's handling of this, this is new, this is unprecedented. The science is changing and evolving all the time.

"I'm absolutely sure that every government, every health service is doing their best with the best information they have."

MICHEL BARNIER, EU'S CHIEF BREXIT NEGOTIATOR WHO ALSO TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS

"Wishing a speedy recovery to PM @BorisJohnson. My thoughts are with him and, indeed, with all families in the UK and across Europe & the world that are affected by #coronavirus."

JEREMY CORBYN, LEADER OF UK'S OPPOSITION LABOUR PARTY

"I wish the Prime Minister a speedy recovery and hope his family are safe and healthy.

"Coronavirus can and does affect anyone. Everyone be safe. Our own health depends on everybody else."

INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDA MODI

"You’re a fighter and you will overcome this challenge as well.

"Prayers for your good health and best wishes in ensuring a healthy UK."

NORTHERN IRELAND'S FIRST MINISTER ARLENE FOSTER

"Best wishes to the Prime Minister and Carrie (Symonds, Johnson's fiancee). No one is immune. Let’s all follow the guidelines."

SCOTLAND'S FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON

"I send my very best wishes to Boris Johnson and his family. I don't underestimate for anybody how difficult it is to be positive for this virus so I certainly send my best wishes to him for a very speedy recovery."

(Reporting by Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Alison Williams and John Stonestreet)

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