Health secretary Matt Hancock tests positive for coronavirus

James Morris
·Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK
·2-min read

Health secretary Matt Hancock has tested positive for coronavirus.

The latest development comes after Boris Johnson announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Hancock, who is part of Johnson’s coronavirus “war cabinet”, said in a video message that he will be self-isolating until Thursday.

He said: “Fortunately for me, the symptoms so far have been very mild so I’ve been able to carry on with the work driving forward the UK response.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 25, 2020: Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock leaves 10 Downing Street on 25 March, 2020 in London, England. The month-long parliamentary Easter recess begins today as the UK is under lockdown imposed to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Matt Hancock, pictured in Downing Street on Wednesday, has tested positive for coronavirus. (Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

He also said a “massive thank you to everybody in the NHS, working in social care and right across the board on the response”.

Hancock went on: “I’ll be continuing to do everything I can to get our carers the support that they need. And I’ll be doing that from here but with no less gusto.

“And then from next Thursday, once I’m out of self-isolation and I hope with no more symptoms, then I’ll be able to get back stuck in and into the office where necessary.

“But the truth is that all of us can learn that working from home can be really, really effective.”

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Hancock’s Labour counterpart, shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth, said in response: “Take care and get well soon Matt. Look after yourself and best wishes to you and your loved ones.”

Meanwhile, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, who is also part of the coronavirus “war cabinet”, has not been tested for coronavirus, his wife Sarah Vine said on Twitter. Vine said he had not shown any symptoms.

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