Carrie Symons has announced she has coronavirus after fiancee Boris Johnson went into isolation with the deadly pathogen.
Ms Symonds, 32, posted on Twitter earlier today and said: ‘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.
‘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 v reassuring.’
Pregnant women were placed in a vulnerable group by the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty on March 16.
The latest figures have shown that there are 41,903 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK with a current death toll of 4,313.
Carrie Symons has announced she has coronavirus after fiancee Boris Johnson went into isolation with the deadly pathogen
Health Minister Nadine Dorries, who was struck down with Covid-19 three weeks ago, has already taken to social media in response to Ms Symond’s post.
She wrote: ‘I’ve been speaking to @carriesymonds regularly throughout.
‘She presented with and has been through the classic signs and symptoms most people experience with #COVID19 She is now recovering and getting stronger day by day. #InThisTogether.’
Ms Symonds’s announcement comes after fiancee Boris Johnson was forced into isolation last Friday with coronavirus symptoms.
The Prime Minister was due to exit quarantine in Downing Street yesterday, seven days after testing positive, but in a recent video message he confirmed that he continues to have a high temperature and will therefore remain in isolation.
He said: ’Although I’m feeling better, and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom – I still have a temperature.
‘So in accordance with Government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes.’
Ms Symonds posted on Twitter earlier today and said: ‘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’
The Prime Minister stepped out to the front door of Number 11 despite being in isolation as he joined the national Clap For Carers on Thursday
Mr Johnson also urged people today to stick to the regulations over the weekend and not to be tempted by the forecast of good weather.
He said: ‘I reckon a lot of people will be starting to think that this is all going on for quite a long time and would rather be getting out there, particularly if you’ve got kids in the household, everybody may be getting a bit stir crazy, and there may be just a temptation to get out there, hang out and start to break the regulations.
‘I just urge you not to do that. Please, please stick with the guidance now.
‘This country has made a huge effort, a huge sacrifice, done absolutely brilliantly well in delaying the spread of the virus.
‘Let’s stick with it now – remember that incredible clapping again last night for our fantastic NHS. We’re doing it to protect them and to save lives.’
His official spokesman also told reporters: ‘He does continue to have mild symptoms, in particular a high temperature.
‘The guidance is clear that if you still have a high temperature you should keep self isolating until it returns to normal.’
Ms Symonds’s news comes five weeks after she announced that she is expecting a baby with Mr Johnson early in the summer and the pair plan to get married. On her Instagram on February 29, Ms Symonds shared an intimate photo of her and the PM and wrote: ‘I wouldn’t normally post this kind of thing on here but I wanted my friends to find out from me’
Half of pregnant women with coronavirus deliver their babies early – and up to 10% may pass the infection to their infants, studies suggest
Half of all pregnant women infected with the novel coronavirus deliver their babies early and they may even pass the disease to their newborns, two small studies find.
In one study, researchers from China examined 33 newborns whose mothers had COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, while pregnant.
Nearly 10 percent of the babies – three of them – were found to have the virus – including one that needed to be put on mechanical ventilation.
In the second study, looking at 32 pregnant women from China and Hong Kong, researchers found that 47 percent delivered their babies prematurely.
For the study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, the team examined the medical records of 33 newborns born to women with COVID-19.
All the women were recruited from Wuhan Children’s Hospital, in Wuhan – where the virus is believed to have originated.
Of the 33 babies, three – all males born by Cesarean section – were diagnosed with the virus.
All three babies had pneumonia, a major complication of COVID-19. However, only two had fevers, and the other had shortness of breath and respiratory distress syndrome.
The first baby was born at 40 weeks’ gestation and started experiencing lethargy and fever on day two.
After a chest scan showed signs of pneumonia, he tested positive for the virus. By day six, however, he was negative.
The second baby, born at 40 weeks’ and 4 days’ gestation, similarly began experiencing lethargy, fever and vomiting soon after being born.
He tested positive on day 2 for COVID-19 and by day 6, he was negative.
The third infant, born prematurely at 31 weeks’ and two days’ gestation, had several more health issues than the other two.
He required mechanical ventilation and antibiotics after contracting sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which the immune system attacks itself.
By day seven, he tested negative.
‘Consistent with previous studies, the clinical symptoms from 33 neonates with or at risk of COVID-19 were mild and outcomes were favorable,’ the authors wrote.
They added that of the three babies born with COVID-19, the most seriously ill infant ‘may have been symptomatic from prematurity, asphyxia, and sepsis’ rather than from viral infection.
The team says that, because doctors implemented strict infection control and prevention procedures during delivery, it’s likely that mother transmitted the virus to their babies either in the womb or in childbirth.
‘It is crucial to screen pregnant women and implement strict infection control measures, quarantine of infected mothers, and close monitoring of neonates at risk of COVID-19,’ the researchers write.
In the second study, an OB/GYN from West Virginia, said he saw an increase in premature births in study of about 32 women from China and Hong Kong.
‘There was an increase in the pre-term birth rate. It was at 47 percent in that study,’ Dr Brandon Lingenfelter, an OB/GYN at Princeton Community Hospital told WVNS.
‘While it was small, that’s what it looks like we’re getting the most reports of is pre-term delivery.’
According to sources, Mr Johnson has spent a lot of time sleeping as extreme exhaustion is one of the key features of the illness.
One said: ‘It has hit him hard, really slammed him but it’s in his nature to put the bravest face on it.’
The announcements come just five weeks after Carrie announced that she is expecting a baby with Mr Johnson early in the summer and the pair plan to get married.
On her Instagram on February 29, Ms Symonds shared an intimate photo of her and the PM and wrote: ‘I wouldn’t normally post this kind of thing on here but I wanted my friends to find out from me.
‘Many of you already know but for my friends that still don’t, we got engaged at the end of last year… and we’ve got a baby hatching early summer.’
The date of their wedding has not been announced, but it will mark the first time in at least 250 years a sitting prime minister has married while in office.
The Prime Minister, 55, has at least five children, although he has never confirmed the exact number after imposing a blanket ban on talking about his family.
This will be the first child born to his 31-year-old partner.
Mr Johnson, who has been married twice previously, finalised his divorce with estranged wife Marina Wheeler in February. The former couple have two daughters and two sons together.
While he was still married to barrister Ms Wheeler, he began dating Tory PR adviser Ms Symonds, and the couple are believed to have been in a relationship for over a year.
A spokesperson for the couple said at the time of their baby and engagement news: ‘The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer.’
Mr Johnson revealed on Friday that he is still self-isolating because he continues to suffer from coronavirus symptoms.
In a video message he confirmed that he continues to have a high temperature and will therefore remain in isolation.
‘Although I’m feeling better, and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom – I still have a temperature,’ he revealed.
‘So in accordance with Government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes.’
Ms Symonds and Mr Johnson, who live together in Downing Street, recently enjoyed a luxury Christmas Caribbean vacation in Mustique where he is believed to have proposed.
The couple’s relationship has been firmly in the public spotlight, and a row in her Camberwell flat during last summer’s Tory leadership election wobbled Mr Johnson’s bid for the top job.
It also recently emerged that Ms Symonds had hired a media professional to handle her communications and help on her campaigns as she molds into the role of the UK’s first lady.
But she has already been described as the power behind the throne, with reports of her and Downing Street supremo Dominic Cummings in a tug of war for the PM’s ear.
Ms Symonds is the first unmarried partner of an incumbent British prime minister. She has largely kept out of the public eye since Mr Johnson, 55, took the reins of government in July.
She was scarcely seen at the PM’s side on the general election campaign trail, but waved with her soon-to-be husband on the steps outside the famous black door following the Conservatives’ thumping victory.
The couple chose to live at the larger four-bedroom flat at No 11 Downing Street instead of the smaller two-bedroom official residence at No 10.
They already share a dog, Dilyn, with the PM saying that he helped keep his stress down during the election campaign.
It has been suggested in the past that Ms Symonds could not become a fully-fledged ‘first lady’ until the couple were married.
Mr Johnson was coy when asked about the subject last year, telling reporters that marriage speculation was ‘a tiny bit premature’.
Charlotte, James and even Winston are the bookies’ favourites for potential baby names – with odds for the name ‘Brexit’ at 1000/1.
The couple have their own affectionate names for each other, with her reportedly calling him ‘Bozzie Bear’, while he refers to her as ‘Otter’.
Ex-Chancellor Sajid Javid, who was defenestrated by the PM in the recent reshuffle, was one of the first to offer congratulations to Mr Johnson Ms Symonds, who is his former special adviser.
Former Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson wrote: ‘Congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.’
Ms Davidson, who had been critical of Mr Johnson during the European referendum campaign, stepped down as Scottish leader last year to spend more time with her young family.
Tom Tugendhat, chair of the Commons foreign affairs committee, called the baby and wedding announcement ‘lovely news’.
The Conservative MP said: ‘Congratulations to both Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds. Happy news!’
Previous prime ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair both had Downing Street babies – Florence in 2010, and Leo in 2000, respectively.
The last babies born to prime ministers before Leo and Florence arrived more than 150 years ago, when Lord John Russell’s wife gave birth to two sons, George and Francis, during her husband’s first stint in office between 1846 and 1852.
Ms Symonds is the first unmarried partner of an incumbent British prime minister. She has largely kept out of the public eye since Mr Johnson, 55, took the reins of government in July (pictured February 14)
The Prime Minister leaving Downing Street on Valentine’s Day, shortly before he and partner Ms Symonds announced their engagement at the end of February
Mr Johnson is the first prime minister to be divorced in office in modern times, and his union with Ms Symonds will be his third marriage.
Earlier this month, a court heard that the Prime Minister and his estranged second wife Marina Wheeler were preparing to end their marriage after reaching an agreement over money.
A family court judge approved a financial settlement and gave Ms Wheeler permission to apply for a divorce decree.
Ms Wheeler and Mr Johnson, who have four children, separated in 2018 after marrying in 1993.
He was a childhood friend of Ms Wheeler – the daughter of BBC journalist Charles Wheeler – when both were pupils at the European School in Brussels.
Ms Symonds waved with her soon-to-be husband on the steps outside the famous black door following the Conservatives thumping victory
While he was still married, he began dating PR guru and Tory adviser Ms Symonds, and the couple are believed to have been dating for close to two years (pictured in 2019 at the party conference in Manchester)
Boris Johnson Election Night. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds watch the 2019 Election results on the TV in his study in No10 Downing Street
They have two daughters, Lara Lettice, 26, and Cassia Peaches, 22, and two sons Milo Arthur, 24, and Theodore Apollo, 20.
He also has a fifth child, Stephanie Macintyre, with art consultant Helen Macintyre.
The future PM met his first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, while they were students at Oxford. They married in 1987, but the marriage was annulled in 1993.
In 2013 it emerged during another court hearing that Mr Johnson had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while Mayor of London in 2009.
In 2004, he was sacked from the Tory frontbench over a reported affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt.
The couple chose to live at the larger four-bedroom flat at No 11 Downing Street instead of the smaller two-bedroom official residence at No 10
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with partner Carrie Symonds, they have announced that they are expecting a baby in the early summer and that they have got engaged
The couple already share a dog, Dilyn, together with the PM saying that he helped keep his stress down during the election campaign
Boris and Carrie’s ‘Brexit baby’ – How Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds made history as first unmarried couple to live together in Downing Street
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds made history as the first unmarried couple to officially live together in Downing Street.
The 55-year-old Prime Minister and 31-year-old conservationist, whose relationship has been the subject of intense intrigue, are now getting ready to welcome what may be referred to as a ‘Brexit baby’.
Ms Symonds, a former Conservative Party communications chief, found herself making headlines when she was romantically linked to Mr Johnson last year just months after the announcement of his separation from second wife Marina Wheeler.
The public relations expert had been in the so-called Westminster Bubble for most of her remarkably ascendant career, a high-point being when she was made head of party PR aged just 29.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks with his partner Carrie Symonds as they arrive at The Midland, near the Manchester Central convention complex in Manchester
Mr Johnson, who has been married twice previously, recently finalised his divorce with estranged wife Marina Wheeler, with whom he has two daughters and two sons
In 2004 Mr Johnson was sacked from the Tory front-bench over a reported affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt (pictured at the Spectator Magazine Summer Party in 2006)
Ms Symonds joined the Tory party media machine in 2009, first as a press adviser, then head of broadcast at Conservative campaign headquarters ahead of the 2015 general election.
Her association with Mr Johnson dates back to the early years, having worked on his successful re-election bid at City Hall in 2012.
But a row that saw police called to their home in the early stages of the Conservative leadership race offered a glimpse into the complicated private life about which Mr Johnson tries desperately to avoid answering questions.
The couple had been living together at Ms Symonds’s flat in Camberwell, south London, until the well-publicised row recorded by neighbours in June 2019.
They now live in a flat above Number 11 Downing Street and have adopted a Jack Russell-cross puppy called Dilyn.
In December, Mr Johnson’s sister Rachel Johnson said she has yet to meet Ms Symonds.
But their father Stanley, who appeared alongside Ms Johnson on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, said he has met Ms Symonds, adding: ‘The Johnsons are united in this.’
Back in January last year, Ms Symonds was joined by Stanley Johnson at an event in London opposing Japan’s plans to resume commercial whaling.
The pair were spotted smiling and chatting together after they both addressed the crowd.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson’s turbulent marriage to Ms Wheeler, during which they had four children, ended after 25 years together in September 2018.
In 2004 he was sacked from the Tory front-bench over a reported affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt and the Appeal Court ruled in 2013 that the public had a right to know he had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while mayor of London in 2009.
Claims that Mr Johnson squeezed the thigh of journalist Charlotte Edwardes, at a private lunch at The Spectator magazine’s HQ shortly after he became editor in 1999, overshadowed his first Conservative Party conference as PM.
But in a public display of affection, Mr Johnson kissed Ms Symonds after his speech to party members at the event.
Mr Johnson greeted Cabinet ministers before embracing his girlfriend, kissing her on the cheek and then walking out of the hall holding her hand.
Meanwhile, allegations about Mr Johnson’s relationship with American entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri, and whether she enjoyed preferential treatment while he was London mayor, also dominated the headlines in September.
Boris Johnson and his first wife Allegra Mostyn-Owen on their wedding day 5th September 1987, the couple were Oxford University sweethearts
Carrie Symonds, partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and his father Stanley Johnson. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds have announced that they are expecting a baby in the early summer and that they have got engaged