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Highland MP Ian Blackford wishes Prime Minister Boris Johnson well after he tests positive for coronavirus

By Scott Maclennan

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Highland MP Ian Blackford has wished Prime Minister Boris Johnson well after he tested positive for coronavirus.

The SNP politician said: “I am sorry to read this and I hope Boris Johnson makes a speedy recovery. This sadly shows nobody is immune.

“Everybody must follow the advice on social distancing, non-essential work must not take place. We need to take all measures to isolate if need be. Stay At Home Save Lives.”

Earlier, the UK leader revealed online that he had been advised to get tested by the chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty after developing mild systems of the infection.

Mr Johnson will continue to lead the country remotely from Number 10 while his symptoms remain mild.

He said: “I have developed mild symptoms of coronavirus, that is to say a temperature and a persistent cough, and on the advice of the chief medical officer I have taken a test and that has come out positive.

“I am working from home, I am self-isolating, and that is entirely the right thing to do.

“But be in no doubt that I can continue through the wizardry of modern technology to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fight back against coronavirus.”

It is understood that if the Prime Minister needs to step aside even temporarily foreign secretary Dominic Raab would lead the country.

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