UK PM's pregnant fiance had virus symptoms

Carrie Symonds, the fiance of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, says she has had COVID-19 symptoms.
Carrie Symonds, the fiance of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, says she has had COVID-19 symptoms.

Carrie Symonds, the pregnant fiance of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, says she had spent the past week in bed with symptoms of coronavirus but after seven days of rest felt stronger and was on the mend.

"I've spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of coronavirus. I haven't needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I'm on the mend," Symonds said.

"Being pregnant with COVID-19 is obviously worrying. To other pregnant women, please do read and follow the most up to date guidance which I found to be very reassuring."

Johnson said on Friday he was remaining in isolation with mild symptoms of COVID-19, including a raised temperature, seven days after he first tested positive for the coronavirus which causes the respiratory disease.

Johnson, 55, and Symonds, now 32, announced in February that they were expecting their first child together and were engaged to be married.

Johnson last month went into isolation at a flat in Downing Street after announcing that he had tested positive, though the couple normally live together.

Australian Associated Press