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Boris Johnson self-isolating after contact with Covid-positive MP

PTI London | Updated on November 16, 2020 Published on November 16, 2020

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (File Photo)   -  REUTERS

“He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after a meeting with a Member of Parliament who later tested positive for Covid-19, Downing Street said.

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Johnson had been notified by the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace that he came in contact of someone who has tested positive and he must self-isolate, the prime minister’s spokesperson said on Sunday.

The prime minister will follow the rules and is self-isolating. He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the spokesperson said.

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“The PM is well and does not have any symptoms of Covid-19,” the spokesperson added.

Hospitalised earlier

Johnson spent three nights in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London in April after testing positive for Covid-19.

Under the NHS Test and Trace rules, his self-isolation should run for 10 days and end on November 26.

Johnson had a meeting lasting about 35 minutes with some MPs at his office in 10 Downing Street on Thursday morning, including Lee Anderson — the MP for Ashfield in the East Midlands region of England.

Anderson later developed symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19 and posted on his Facebook page to say he was self-isolating.

On Friday I lost my sense of taste at the same time my wife had a bad headache. I had no cough, no fever and felt well. We both had a test on Saturday and the result came in Sunday morning, said the Conservative Party MP.

My wife and I both tested positive. I feel absolutely fine and my biggest concern is my wife who is in the shielded group. But we are both feeling good, he said.

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Published on November 16, 2020
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