England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty self-isolating with Covid-19 symptoms
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England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty self-isolating with Covid-19 symptoms

ENGLAND'S CHIEF medical officer is self-isolating after experiencing symptoms of coronavirus.

Professor Chris Whitty confirmed on Twitter that he is self-isolating for the next seven days.

The decision comes after Professor Whitty began experiencing symptoms of coronavirus last night.

The Department of Health and Social Care's Chief Scientific Adviser confirmed the news on Twitter.

"After experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19 last night, in line with the guidance, I will be self-isolating at home for the next seven days," he wrote.

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"I will be continuing to advise the Government on the medical response to Coronavirus, supported by my deputies."

Professor Whitty's announcement follows similar declarations from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Both Johnson and Hancock are now self-isolating for the next seven days after experiencing "mild symptoms" of coronavirus.

Johnson will continue to spearhead the UK's response to the coronavirus outbreak, working in self-isolation from Downing Street.

Hancock will also continue to support operations remotely from his home.

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