England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty on Friday announced that he was self-isolating with COVID-19-like symptoms.
Whitty’s announcement comes just hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that they had tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a statement on Twitter, Whitty said he would be self-isolating at home for the next seven days. Like Johnson and Hancock, Whitty reassured the public that he would “be continuing to advise the Government on the medical response to Coronavirus, supported by my deputies.”
Whitty is also the government’s chief medical adviser and has been at the forefront of the government’s response to the coronavirus, regularly appearing alongside Johnson and the Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance during daily press briefings. He has been widely praised for providing a calm and clear voice in the midst of a global pandemic.