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Reuters ahead in reporting Boris Johnson falling ill

The health of the UK prime minister as he struggled with COVID-19 was of great interest to currency traders. Reuters was ahead in reporting Boris Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27; that he had been admitted to intensive care on April 6; and when he was finally released from intensive care on April 9.

Market reaction:

Sterling fell on the news of Johnson's positive test and intensive care admission. The currency recovered when he was released.