Prime Minister Boris Johnson has received an unlikely message of support from England Rugby Union head coach Eddie Jones.

Johnson and his secretary of state for health, Matt Hancock, both tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, and are now self-isolating.

Jones sent a message to England rugby fans to keep their discipline and to keep their social distance, and told players to keep working on their game.

He also sent a message of support to Johnson.

"Rugby has always been a game about teamwork and at the moment teamwork is so important for the nation," Jones told Omnisport.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has received an unlikely message of support

"So make sure you keep your discipline up, follow the head coach which at the moment is Boris Johnson. Keep your discipline, keep your social distance. For the players, keep working on your game.

"You can still improve your game at this time. You can set up a gym at home, you can do some training in the backyard, you can practise your skills, get your parents to help you.

"Keep positive because we will get out of this, we will beat this virus and rugby will commence. So keep your spirits up, we're supporting you and keep supporting England."

England Rugby Union head coach Eddie Jones sent Johnson a message

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Johnson sent a message to the British public on Friday, after discovering he had coronavirus.

"Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," explained Johnson in a video.

"I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this."