Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has tested positive for the coronavirus as EU-UK negotiations stall amid continental lockdown.
The French politician, Barnier, 69, revealed his diagnosis on social media, adding that he was following all instructions from health authorities and is confident in his recovery.
“Yesterday I tested positive for COVID-19,” the 69-year-old explained in a video on Twitter, “I am as good as I can be, strictly confined to my home.”
“My message to all those who have been affected or are currently isolated: we will get out of this together,” he said adding that ‘each of us has a role to play in this collective battle.’
It comes at a time when he should be leading the second round of negotiations between London and Brussels but the Covid-19 has caused mass lockdowns with the UK rumoured to be next in line.
Up to 40 Tube stations will be closed by Transport for London ahead of a ‘rumoured lockdown.’
Commuters were warned to avoid all travel on the network unless essential and there will be no night tube according to Boris Johnson.
And police will be offering support to supermarkets in the capital in case of looting, according to Reuters.