Some businesses have faced collapse due to the UK being in lock down and plunging sales

The Chartered Insurance Institute said that the prime minister Boris Johnson testing positive for Covid-19 acts as a reminder of the challenge that all professions will face in the coming months.

He has mild symptoms including a temperature and cough, but he said will continue to lead the government while self-isolating in Downing Street.

It follows many businesses being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, some facing administration due to plunging sales like high-street retailer Laura Ashley and airline FlyBe, while others have to adapt and work from home using technology.

Rent to own firm BrightHouse has also been reported to be on the brink of collapse after the lockdown tipped it over the edge and Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s is also facing administration.

Meanwhile the health secretary Matt Hancock has also tested positive as well as the chief medical officer prof Chris Whitty has shown symptoms.

Greater risk

Keith Richards, managing director of engagement for the CII said that the prime minister’s situation highlights how easy it is to catch this disease and the importance of strictly following the government’s guidance to socially distance from those not in your households.

He said: “This proves how important it is that we only go outside for food, health reasons, or work, if you are a key worker. It is worth noting that the PM has a uniquely different role which placed him at greater risk of catching the virus.”

“Mr Johnson’s diagnosis also acts as a reminder of the challenge all professions will face in the months ahead – clear leadership is needed throughout this crisis even when key staff may be unable to work due to sickness or caring for others because of this outbreak.

“It is vital that business continuity plans are being adapted to cope with the challenges this outbreak creates. The insurance and personal finance professions continue to offer vital support to consumers and play a key role for clients facing what chancellor Rishi Sunak called ‘an economic emergency.’”