Wednesday, 25 Nov 2020

Boris Johnson gives self-isolation update after hosting MP with coronavirus

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Boris Johnson has said he is "in good heath" after being told to self-isolate for two weeks.

The Prime Minister came into contact with a Tory minister who later tested positive for the coronavirus, Downing Street confirmed on Sunday Evening.

He was notified by the NHS Test and Trace, and will now have to chair government meetings on Zoom.

Johnson tweeted this morning: "I'm in good health and have no symptoms, and will continue to lead on our response to the virus & our plans to #BuildBackBetter."

He said in a video message: "Hi folks, the good news is that NHS Test and Trace is working ever-more efficiently, but the bad news is that they've pinged me and I've got to self-isolate because someone I was in contact with a few days ago has developed Covid.

"It doesn't matter that we were all doing social distancing, it doesn't matter that I'm fit as a butcher's dog, feel great – so many people do in my circumstances.

"And actually, it doesn't matter that I've had the disease and I'm bursting with antibodies. We've got to interrupt the spread of the disease and one of the ways we can do that now is by self-isolating for 14 days when contacted by Test and Trace."

Johnson held a 35-minute meeting on Thursday, November 12, with a small group of Conservative politicians including Lee Anderson, the MP for Ashfield.

The 53-year-old afterwards developed Covid-19 symptoms and tested positive.

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Anderson posted a picture of the pair standing apart after the meeting – with neither of them wearing masks.

He said: "Breakfast with the PM. This morning I met with the PM at Number 10.

"I was there with my wish list for Ashfield and Eastwood. Investment is coming, you have my word on that."

The PM was admitted to intensive care with coronavirus in April, and said it "could have gone either way".

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