Coronavirus live blog as it happened: Prime Minister tests positive for coronavirus and UK death toll rises by 181

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Friday, 27th March 2020, 8:13 am
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 5:50 pm

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Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus (Number 10)
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Coronavirus live blog, March 27

Last updated: Friday, 27 March, 2020, 16:40

Boris Johnson tweets from self-isolation

Dominic Raab would take temporary charge if PM became too ill

SNP Westminster leader wishes PM well

London Mayor tweets support to PM

PM hasn't seen Queen since March 11

According to reports Boris Johnson last saw the Queen on March 11 when the monarch held her weekly audience with the Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace.

Their following meeting, held on March 18, was conducted via telephone as have their subsequent conversations.

Dominic Cummings spotted running from Number 10

Corbyn tweets support

Four fined after being caught not social distancing by police helicopter

Police can use discretion when using powers

Downing Street have said they would leave police to use their discretion when using new powers to enforce social distancing measures.

It comes after Derbyshire Police faced criticism for using drones to track people walking in the Peak District, saying they should not be driving out to the countryside for exercise.

The PM's spokesman said: "What we have said is that people should avoid unnecessary travel wherever they can.

"In terms of the police, I said right at the beginning of the week that having issued the instructions that we had, it would be up to the discretion of the police to choose to decide how best to enforce that."

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