Sajid Javid announces he’s tested positive for coronavirus
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Both the Prime Minister and Chancellor revealed they were contacted by NHS Test and Trace after being in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Originally, they announced both did not have to self-isolate as they were part of a daily contact testing pilot scheme.
But now, both Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak have said they will in fact be isolating instead of taking part in the scheme.
Following their U-turn, Express.co.uk is asking: “Do you have faith in the NHS Test and Trace system after Number 10 trial farce?”
A No10 spokesperson initially said: “The Prime Minister and Chancellor have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace as contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid.
“They will be participating in the daily contact testing pilot to allow them to continue to work from Downing Street.
“They will be conducting only essential government business during this period.”
The announcement sparked fury.
Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said it looked like “one rule” for them and another for the rest of the public.
He said: “There will be parents across the country who have struggled when their children have been sent home because they were in a bubble and had to isolate.
“There will be workers across the country who have to isolate when pinged, including in public services like the NHS.
“This looks like one rule for Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak and something else for the rest of us.
“At a time when we need to maintain confidence in self-isolation, people are going to look at this and wonder what on earth is going on.”
Co-leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley added “anger does not begin to cover it”.
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He wrote on Twitter: “Hundreds of thousands of young people, including my children, had their education and lives repeatedly turned upside down again and again after dutifully and responsibly isolating. And now this.
“Anger doesn’t begin to cover it.”
Following the outrage from across the political spectrum, the Prime Minister and Chancellor later announced they would in fact be isolating.
A No10 spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace to say he is a contact of someone with Covid.
“He was at Chequers when contacted by Test and Trace and will remain there to isolate.
“He will not be taking part in the testing pilot.
“He will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely.
“The Chancellor has also been contacted and will also isolate as required and will not be taking part in the pilot.”
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Taking to Twitter, Mr Sunak confirmed he will not be taking part in the pilot scheme.
He wrote: “Whilst the test and trace pilot is fairly restrictive, allowing only essential government business, I recognise that even the sense that the rules aren’t the same for everyone is wrong.
“To that end, I’ll be self-isolating as normal and not taking part in the pilot.”
The fiasco comes hours after Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed he had tested positive for the virus.
Posting a video on Twitter, Mr Javid said: “Hi everyone! I just wanted to update you all that I’ve tested positive for Covid.
“I was feeling a bit groggy last night so I took a lateral flow test this morning and it’s come out positive.
“I’m now self-isolating at home with my family until I get the results of a PCR test.”
A later PCR test confirmed he had tested positive for the virus.
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