UK PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus – BBC Newsnight

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Downing Street.
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He said he had experienced mild symptoms over the past 24 hours, including a temperature and cough, but would continue to lead the government.

England’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had also tested positive while England’s Chief Medical Officer, Prof Chris Whitty, has shown symptoms.

Another 181 people died with the virus in the past day, figures showed.

It takes the total number of UK deaths to 759, with 14,543 confirmed cases.

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  1. How convenient they are 'mild' symptoms. He's exhauseted from his daily babble and pathetic non stateman announcements. Just having a break from scrutiny, at least Trumps style of pathetic stateman is to attack, and reveal his stupidy even more. We can see Boris' loss of control (never had it) just as much but you need to think a little more, he is the cunning establishemnt afterall, brexiteers.

  2. Newsnight and mainstream is pathetic. Why aren’t they asking the truly important questions? What’s happening is a paradigm shift! The game is up – all the lies of capitalism have been laid bare. It’s written over everyone’s faces. Governments can no longer fool us and we can no longer deceive ourselves. The collective delusion has been shattered.

  3. I'm not usually bothered about the "biased BBC". All news-organisations in a country like ours must have some institutional leaning, and are almost entirely servile to centres of power; that's basically a truism in any capitalist democracy. The BBC is not much different to the private-media in that respect. But these times are extraordinary, and the BBC is letting the public down in a big way; they cannot exercise their right to scrutinise government because they are not being given balanced information – crucially, those who are critical of the heavy-handed, flailing measures being implemented across the civilised world are excluded. 

    If this were a settled debate, perhaps it would be justifiable – but it really isn't. This is not well-tested science, but speculative projection and guesswork; the public needs to know precisely what the evidence is before they decide to accept weeks of (highly damaging) lockdown, and months of social dislocation. Maybe they will decide that the risks are worth the cost, but they need to be given access to the means by which they can make an informed decision; that means explanations of what the science does and doesn't tell us, and different, competing interpretations of the data.

  4. It's INSANE. China give the world 40 DAYS to prepare, so many countries still ignored the warning. They've told you the RISK of the virus!

  5. Corona virus is the common cold thats why so many people have it!
    Its estimated globally that 3 million die from pneumonia annually and 450 million are affected by pneumonia annually.
    Annual death toll in general worldwade is about 140 million.

    Corona virus after 2 months were at 30,000 doesnt even come close to pneumonia . So tell me why is the whole world shut down?

    We see people die of other causes so happens they have the common cold as well

  6. People"testing positive" may get false result, because the test isoften inaccurate. And flu is not dangerous.Mic_rowave radiation is. Five Gee is. M;any casualties were not even tested for that flu and probably died from their diseases, although ascribed to the flu. Drs say it is not dangerous. We are not getting the correct information.

  7. I want to direct you all to a BBC video from this channel. Mind you, this is the same BBC that conservatives in America claim is hopelessly leftist and biased.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_lY_XD6aVA

    AND they turned off the comment section for that video. Wondering why, are you? Seriously? "How does Trump compare with Reagan"? smh. They are both fascists, who got to power and retained power by lying and by promoting distortions and lies. What we today call "fake news". BBC is all about the status quo. Just as most of the MSM is about maintaining the status quo. Not providing you with the truth or all sides of the issue so you can make up your own mind.

  8. virus crown does not exist at all and this Boris Johnson devil freemason they all lie that they get the corona of viruses in order for all of you to be sold to the devil, they have given you for chipping you all so that any time they want to with this life

  9. Here we go again, it's the Chief Medical Officer for England and it's the Health Secretary for *England*. It's important BBC – you're supposed to be a UK broadcaster and you frequently mislead people in Wales & Scotland about what's happening, especially when NHS Wales & NHS Scotland are operating differently to England.

  10. A great captain goes down with the ship!

    But not this time!

    COME ON YOU THREE!!!! FIGHT THIS!!!!

    🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

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