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Boris Johnson to remain self-isolated as he is still suffering from coronavirus symptoms

Boris Johnson to remain self-isolated as he is still suffering from coronavirus symptoms

Boris Johnson will remain isolated while he has symptoms of the virus

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Boris Johnson is to remain in self-isolation after he revealed he was still suffering from the symptoms of coronavirus.

The Prime Minister was expected to leave self-isolation today after a planned seven-day absence but said he would remain quarantined because he still had a high temperature.

In a video posted on Twitter, Mr Johnson said: "Although I'm feeling better and I have done my seven days of self-isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms - a minor symptom. I still have a temperature.

"So, in accordance with government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom goes."

The PM also used the message to urge the public to remain indoors after concerns were raised that forecasted good weather could see people ignoring the lockdown rules.

According to the Prime Minister's spokesperson, Mr Johnson had suffered from mild symptoms throughout the week but had still been able to lead the government's efforts to tackle the virus from his flat in 11 Downing Street.

Under the current guidelines, those suffering from coronavirus symptoms are asked to stay self-isolated for seven days from when they first show symptoms but should extend that period if they are still suffering from a continuous cough or fever.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who was also diagnosed with the virus on the same day as Mr Johnson, has already left quarantine after recovering from the illness.

In his first public appearance since being diagnosed, Mr Hancock said he had returned from the illness "redoubled" in his commitment to battling the diease as he vowed to boost testing to 100,000 per day by the end of April.

But the Cabinet minister revealed he had lost half a stone in weight since being diagnosed last Friday, saying his "unpleasant" symptoms included a cough and a feeling of having "glass in your throat".

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