British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he was remaining in isolation with mild symptoms of COVID-19, including a raised temperature, seven days after he first tested positive for the new coronavirus which causes the respiratory disease.
With the country nearing the end of its second week in lockdown, the UK death toll rose by nearly 700 to 3,605 and the National Health Service (NHS) said two nurses in their 30s had died of the disease.
Queen Elizabeth will address the nation on Sunday, Buckingham Palace said, only the fifth time she has done so other than at Christmas during her 68 years on the throne.
A weary-looking Johnson, sitting in a chair in an open-necked shirt, posted a video on Twitter from Downing Street.
“Although I’m feeling better and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom, I still have a temperature,” he said.
“So in accordance with government advice, I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes,” he added.
Johnson announced a positive test result on March 27, the first leader of a major power to do so.
The state-run NHS announced on Friday that two nurses, Aimee O’Rourke, 39, and Areema Nasreen, 36, had died after testing positive for COVID-19.
England’s chief nurse Ruth May made an impassioned plea to the public to stay at home over the coming weekend, invoking the memories of the two nurses and describing them as remarkable women who were part of the NHS family.
“This weekend is going to be very warm and it will be very tempting to go out and enjoy those summer rays,” May said at a daily government news conference.
“But please, I ask you to remember Aimee and Areema. Please stay at home for them,” she said.