Carrie Symonds has got coronavirus: Boris Johnson’s pregnant fiancee reveals she has been in bed for seven days with symptoms of disease that has also put the Prime Minister into isolation
- Ms Symonds posted earlier and said: ‘I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of coronavirus’
- Announcement comes after Boris Johnson was forced into isolation last Friday with coronavirus symptoms
- He was due to exit quarantine in Downing Street yesterday, seven days after testing positive, but still has fever
- Carrie and Boris announced five weeks ago they were expecting a baby and getting married in the summer
- This will be 31-year-old girlfriend Carrie Symonds’s first child when she gives birth in early summer
Carrie Symons has announced she has coronavirus after fiancee Boris Johnson went into isolation with the deadly pathogen.
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.
‘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 woman were placed in a vulnerable group by the Chief Medical Officer on March 16.
The latest figures have shown that there are 41,903 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK with 4,313 deaths.
Carrie Symons has announced she has coronavirus after fiancee Boris Johnson went into isolation with the deadly pathogen
Ms Symonds’s news 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.’
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 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 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.’
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’
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 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)
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.
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
Ms Symonds waved with her soon-to-be husband on the steps outside the famous black door following the Conservatives thumping victory
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.
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)
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.
Mr Johnson is 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.
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
Former chancellor Sajid Javid put his recent differences with the PM to one side and congratulated the couple on their baby news
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
The power behind the throne: How Carrie Symonds went from humble Tory press officer to Boris Johnson’s incredibly influential First Lady, dubbed the ‘Duchess of Downing Street’
By Danyal Hussain for MailOnline
Carrie Symonds’ gushing announcement last night that she is engaged to Boris Johnson and ‘hatching’ a baby caps a remarkable rise for the former Tory staffer – from PM’s mistress to fully fledged First lady.
Ms Symonds, 31, worked for the Tory party from 2009, before hitting the headlines when her affair with Mr Johnson came to light.
That revelation, from September 2018, came during Mr Johnson’s second marriage to Marina Wheeler, the mother of four of his children, causing it to break down.
During Ms Symonds and Mr Johnson’s turbulent relationship, she has been credited with transforming his public image, with the PM swapping his previously unruly, slap-dash outfits to a noticeably more polished look, with neatly cropped hair and a significantly slimmer waistline.
Ms Symonds’ image has also noticeably changed, her outfits and Instagram posts becoming more conservative as her relationship with Mr Johnson grew more serious.
But it’s not all been plain sailing, with the couple having a well-publicised plate-smashing row recorded by neighbours who claimed she yelled ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat’ while he stayed at her flat in Camberwell, south London last year.
Ms Symonds has been dubbed the ‘Duchess of Downing Street’, a reference to the similarity of her fashion to Kate Middleton, as well as a nod to her growing power behind the scenes at Number 10.
With the engagement and the news of a baby on the way, Ms Symonds could now have an even greater impact on policy than he she has already had.
Ms Symonds has been credited with transforming his public image, with the PM swapping his previously unruly, slap-dash outfits to a noticeably more polished look, with neatly cropped hair and a significantly slimmer waistline
Her own image has also noticeably changed, her outfits and Instagram posts becoming more conservative as her relationship with Mr Johnson grew more serious
Carrie Symonds on a night out – her image has considerably changed since she started publicly dating Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson’s girlfriend Carrie Symonds stood outside Number 10 as her partner gave his first speech in Downing Street after the election victory
A passionate conservationist, she had a direct impact on government policy after a badger cull in Derbyshire was called off, a move that saved thousands of the animals.
Badgers are culled across Europe over fears they are spreading bovine tuberculosis among cattle – but a licence for a cull across Derbyshire was refused after a ‘direct intervention from the Prime Minister’, according to the chief executive of the Badger Trust. It came after the government already granted licenses for thousands of badgers to be culled all over the country.
Ms Symonds has also hired a former ITN communications chief Sarah Vaughan-Brown, 45, as her personal adviser. Insiders say Ms Vaughan-Brown, who also handled PR for the Trinity Mirror newspaper group in the past, will be helping Ms Symonds with her growing charity interests.
Her association with Mr Johnson dates back to 2012, when Ms Symonds worked on the now-PM’s successful second London mayoral campaign.
Ms Symonds has ties to several other Tory figures, campaigning for Zac Goldsmith during the General Election and she is also thought to be a friend of ex-Chancellor Sajid Javid.
She 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, before becoming communications chief in 2017.
However, she was forced to quit just months after being accused of abusing her expenses to the tune of thousands of pounds.
Ms Symonds was asked to leave her £80,000-a-year after party chiefs said her performance was poor, having previously challenged her over taxi expenses.
Ms Symonds was the product of an affair between her father, Matthew, a founder of the Independent, and of newspaper lawyer Josephine McAfee while they were both were married to other people.
Her mother raised her in a three-bed townhouse in East Sheen, South West London, while her father provided financial assistance, though he is not thought to have played a big role in his life.
Carrie Symonds in a play when she was a student at Warwick University. Last year, pictures emerged of a scantily-clad Ms Symonds appearing in an occult-inspired play during her studies
A smiling Ms Symonds enjoying a holiday in 2015. Her degree led her to consider a career as an actress, appearing in amateur shows and even trying for a part in Atonement, the 2007 film starring Keira Knightley
Ms Symonds, pictured before her relationship with Boris Johnson came to light, could now have an even greater impact on policy than he she has already had
Ms Symonds was educated at the £20,000-a-year Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, west London, which counts Nigella Lawson as a former pupil.
She then went on to study theatre studies and history of art, graduating with a first from Warwick University.
Last year, pictures emerged of a scantily-clad Ms Symonds appearing in an occult-inspired play at university.
Her degree led her to consider a career as an actress, appearing in amateur shows and even trying for a part in Atonement, the 2007 film starring Keira Knightley.
After that proved unsuccessful, she turned her attention to politics, joining the Conservatives as a press officer.
This led to her working with Mr Goldsmith and on her future husband Mr Johnson’s campaigns.
She also became a special adviser to John Whittingdale at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport before working for Sajid Javid.
In June 2017, at the age of 29, that she was made the Tory communications chief, before leaving her post, with her subsequent relationship with Mr Johnson elevating her publicly profile even higher.
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds holding hands in the Sussex countryside shortly after reports they had a blazing row at her flat
The life and times of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson
1964: Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was born in New York and moved house 32 times by the age of 14
1977: Attended Eton where teachers said he had a ‘disgracefully cavalier attitude’
Mr Johnson in the Spectator offices under his editorship
1983: Went to Oxford after winning a scholarship to study classics, and joined the infamous Bullingdon Club
1987: Graduated with a 2:1 and was taken on as a graduate trainee at the Times – before being quickly sacked
1989: Secured a job at the Daily Telegraph after inviting editor Max Hastings to speak at the Oxford Union and was promoted to Brussels correspondent aged 25
1994: Made Telegraph’s assistant editor and chief political columnist and given a column in the Spectator
1998: Appeared on Have I Got News for You and made the audience laugh while discussing Guppy tape
1999: Made editor of The Spectator and stayed on for four years
2001: Became MP for Henley until 2008
2008: Served as Mayor of London until 2016
2016: Foreign Secretary until 2018
2019: In July he was elected leader of the Conservative Party and became Prime Minister
December 2019: Won a crushing election victory and returned to Downing Street with an 80-seat majority
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