Politics U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Contracts Coronavirus: 'Together We Will Beat This' The 55-year-old leader said he'll continue to govern while self-isolating By Benjamin VanHoose Benjamin VanHoose Twitter Benjamin VanHoose is an Associate Editor on the Movies team at PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE for over three years as a writer and reporter across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial to the Oscars. He regularly covers red carpet events and has interviewed stars like Drew Barrymore, Ryan Reynolds and Kirsten Dunst. He previously worked as a copy editor at Topix Media Lab. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 27, 2020 08:18 AM Share Tweet Pin Email U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On Friday morning, the British leader, 55, shared his diagnosis on Twitter, writing that he noticed symptoms in the past day. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson tweeted. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives” With the message, Johnson also posted a video address to his followers, describing his symptoms of a fever and “persistent cough.” He also continued to thank first responders and citizens for working together during the pandemic. “I want to thank everyone who’s working to keep our country going … we will get through it, and the way we’re going to get through it is, of course, by applying the measures we’ve heard so much about,” he said in the clip. “The more effectively we all comply with those measures, the faster our country will come through this [pandemic] and the faster we’ll bounce back.” On Wednesday, Johnson had his weekly meeting with Queen Elizabeth. The 93-year-old monarch’s meeting with the PM took place via telephone in order to practice social distancing. Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus Boris Johnson. Julian Simmonds/The Daily Telegraph/Bloomberg via Getty Images Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories Earlier this month, Johnson announced that he is engaged and expecting a child. A spokesperson for Johnson confirmed his upcoming wedding to Carrie Symonds, 31, telling The Telegraph: “The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer.” Symonds is a former communications director with the U.K.’s Conservative Party, which Johnson has been the leader of since mid-2019 when he took over as Britain’s prime minister and helped push the country toward “Brexit.” The country’s intensely polarizing and protracted separation from the European Union was finalized at the end of January. Johnson finalized his divorce from 55-year-old Marina Wheeler in February. The couple was married for 25 years before they announced their separation in September 2018, according to the BBC. RELATED VIDEO: Prince Charles Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Has ‘Mild Symptoms’ But in ‘Good Health’ George W. Bush and Laura Are ‘Bingeing’ Some of Their Favorite ‘Mysteries and Dramas’ While Social Distancing According to data compiled by The New York Times, the U.K. has a total of 11,658 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 578 deaths as of March 27. On Thursday, the United States surpassed a death toll of 1,000, and the U.S. topped China to become the country with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases, with more than 85,000 reported. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments and visit our coronavirus hub.