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England’s chief medical officer self-isolates after experiencing coronavirus symptoms

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England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty says he will be self-isolating at home for the next week after experiencing coronavirus symptoms.

“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. I will be continuing to advise the Government on the medical response to Coronavirus, supported by my deputies,” Whitty said in a tweet.

Whitty’s decision to self-isolate comes on the same day that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had tested positive for the new coronavirus.

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Britain on Friday recorded more than 14,500 cases of the illness and the death toll shot up to 759 as of Thursday afternoon, up by nearly a third in 24 hours. This is the seventh highest official death toll in the world after Italy, Spain, China, Iran, the United States, and France.