Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are self-isolating after coming into contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid who tested positive for Covid-19 last week…reports Asian Lite News.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is to self-isolate after one of his children tested positive for Covid, a spokesman has said.
A statement from his office said one of his children tested positive at lunchtime, but Sir Keir was doing daily tests and tested negative on Wednesday morning.
The news came two hours after the Labour leader attended the Commons, the lower house of the British Parliament, for PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions), during which Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke virtually from his own period of self-isolation at his Chequers country residence.
Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are self-isolating after coming into contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid who tested positive for Covid-19 last week.
This marked a U-turn on the pair’s initial decision to avoid self-isolation by taking part in a daily testing pilot scheme, which had caused huge public outrage in the country.
Speaking in a video on Twitter after the U-turn, Johnson said: “We did look briefly at the idea of us taking part in the pilot scheme, which allows people to test daily, but I think it’s far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules and that’s why I’m going to be self-isolating until Monday 26 July.
“I know how frustrating it all is, but I really do urge everybody to stick with the programme and take the appropriate course of action when you’re asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace.”
After testing positive on July 16, Javid, who replaced Matt Hancock last month, is now self-isolating at home with his family.
Javid said he has had two jabs of the vaccine and his symptoms are mild.#
Meanwhile, UK has reported another 44,104 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 5,563,006, according to official figures released Wednesday.
The country also recorded another 73 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now standing at 128,896. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.
Britain’s main opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer has had to self-isolate after one of his children tested positive for COVID-19. (ANI/Xinhua)