Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has tested positive for COVID-19, was admitted to the hospital late Sunday. The prime minister has been in isolation at his residence next door to 10 Downing Street. The government says Johnson is running a high temperature and that the hospitalization is precautionary.
Special correspondent Ryan Chilcote joins Hari Sreenivasan from London with more.
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UK government officials are delivering their daily briefing on the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country. They will carry on without Prime Minister Boris Johnson who said today he would continue his isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. ‘Although I’m feeling better,’ Johnson said after seven days of isolation, ‘I still have a temperature and so, in accordance with government advice, I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes.’
States leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases after surpassing China’s reported total.
Downing Street has said targeting cultural sites in Iran would breach international warfare conventions in an implicit rebuke to Donald Trump for threatening to bomb protected heritage sites.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman refused to criticise Trump directly but made clear the UK government would not support such a course of action, after the US president said he could target 52 Iranian sites if Iran retaliated over the assassination of Qassem Suleimani – “some at a very high level and important to Iran and the Iranian culture”.
Trump’s comments amount to threatening a war crime because such action would violate international treaties, but he repeated the threat on Sunday, saying: “They’re allowed to kill our people, they’re allowed to torture and maim our people, they’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people, and we’re not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn’t work that way.” [ . . . ]
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