Boris Johnson tests negative for coronavirus

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has tested negative for COVID-19, after spending a week in hospital admission due to the illness, reports confirm.

His spokesperson made the above statement known to Press Association news agency.

The Prime Minister had earlier appreciated medical staff for treating him, claiming he owed his life to them after spending several days in intensive care after contracting the virus.

With the number of coronavirus deaths in Britain hitting 11,329 – a rise of 717 compared to the previous day – the Ministry of Defence said it was deploying 200 military personnel across the country in support of ambulance services, PA cited the prime minister’s office as saying.

Downing Street said the soldiers would carry out a variety of roles including driving vehicles, taking calls, manning response centres and supporting paramedic crews.

Interim chief medical officer Jason Leitch meanwhile urged families of those who have died during the outbreak not to delay funerals, in a bid to stop a backlog.

Excluding Northern Ireland, 88,621 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Britain as of Monday morning.

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