How politicians from around the world reacted to Boris Johnson's coronavirus diagnosis

Greg Evans
Friday 27 March 2020 16:00
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The UK prime minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, making him the most prominent politician and world leader to become infected so far.

Johnson confirmed the news on Friday morning, announcing that he had mild symptoms and would continue to work at home while he self-isolates.

This news has sent shockwaves across the globe as people begin to readjust their lives to stay at home and combat the virus, which has already infected more than 500,000 people worldwide.

Across the world many politicians have sent their messages of goodwill to Johnson, wishing him a speedy recovery.

There was a huge outpouring of get well messages from the Labour party, with outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn, wishing him and his family good health.

Angela Rayner, who also has symptoms of coronavirus, wanted to clarify that it was just a coincidence that both her and Johnson both had the virus.

Although, Labour's Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi did wish the PM a speedy recovery he also shared a video of Johnson boasting about shaking hands of coronavirus patients just a few weeks ago.

Politicians from other UK parties also sent their support.

Curiously, not many Tory MPs have taken to Twitter to send their messages of support.

Cabinet members such as Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Grant Shapps, Rishi Sunak, Steve Barclay, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Liz Truss and Johnson's predecessor Theresa May are yet to post anything but of course may have contacted the prime minister privately.

A few Tories have posted their support including Steve Baker, James Cleverly and Michael Gove, who retweeted this tweet from clergyman Marcus Walker.

Elsewhere, international politicians sent their messages to Johnson after his diagnosis.

We are yet to hear anything from Donald Trump on the matter but the US ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, did tell the PM to get well soon.

Just to show that there are no hard feelings, the EU's Charles Michel and Michel Barnier, who also has the virus, sent their support.

Good to see that even in these trying times people can put their differences aside in the effort to beat coronavirus.

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