THE MP for North East Hampshire has wished the Prime Minister a “speedy recovery” after he tested positive for coronavirus.

Ranil Jayawardena, whose constituency includes Hook, Odiham and Hartley Wintney, says that everyone in the country is “in this together”.

Mr Jaywardena, who is also Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, told the Gazette: “This proves that we're all in this together.

“I have wished Boris a speedy recovery but no-one is denying the challenge we face.

“People will have to make sacrifices as we win the fight. And I can assure you that the government will do whatever it takes.

“Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”

The Prime Minister announced on Twitter this morning that he had tested positive for the virus, saying that he had “mild symptoms” and was “self-isolating” inside Number 10.

He will continue to lead the government’s fight against the outbreak, with his number two, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, waiting in the wings should the PM not be able to continue this.

Mr Jayawardena continued: “The last three months have seen our lives change immeasurably. That they don’t change forever is our shared mission.

“This deadly enemy is beatable – and if we follow the scientific advice, we will beat it."