Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson has been forced into self-isolation after coming in contact with Covid-19 patient inside No.10 Downing Street. Apart from Mr Johnson, six Tory MPs and two political aides are also isolating.
One of the MPs, Lee Anderson, tested positive for Covid-19, and on Sunday the prime minister was told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
In a video from No 10, Mr Johnson urged others to “follow the rules” if contacted by the system.
The PM’s official spokesman insisted that Downing Street is “Covid-secure”.
He said “social distancing did happen” but factors such as the length of the meeting were considered by Test and Trace.
Mr Johnson, who was admitted to intensive care with coronavirus seven months ago, spent about 35 minutes with Mr Anderson, who lost his sense of taste the day after the meeting.
Hi folks, I’ve been instructed by our NHS Test & Trace scheme to self-isolate for two weeks, after being in contact with someone with Covid-19.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 16, 2020
The PM’s period of isolation began as the government prepares a policy relaunch.
Mr Johnson will chair “key Covid meetings” and work with Chancellor Rishi Sunak to devise the upcoming spending review with an aim to fulfil his promise to “build back better”.