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    Earlier in the day, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

    The UK government is holding a press conference after the prime minister tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day.

    "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. 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," Johnson wrote on Twitter. As of 09:00 GMT on Thursday, 11,658 cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the UK Department of Health and Social Care, a increase of 2,129 in the last 24 hours.

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