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Keir Starmer self-isolating for second time after staff member tests positive

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is self-isolating for a second time after a member of his private office tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesman said: ‘Keir is well and not showing any symptoms. He will now be working from home.’

The former human rights lawyer was last in contact with the staff member on Tuesday, it is understood. He is set to remain in self-isolation for two weeks – until 16 December.

It comes after Sir Starmer self-isolated for a number of days in September after his daughter showed signs of Covid-19.

He said he was ‘pleased and relieved’ after a test result came back negative.

A statement on September 16 said: ‘Thank you to the NHS hospital where my wife works for ensuring that their staff and family members have quick access to a test.’

Boris Johnson self-isolated in November after coming into contact with MP Lee Anderson who tested positive.

The prime minister posted video updates during his time in quarantine, joking that he had finally been ‘put under house arrest’.

He said: ‘NHS Test and Trace, which is getting ever better, has achieved what so many of my political foes have wanted to achieve for many years, put me under house arrest.

‘I know how frustrating it can be, so I just wanted to say to everybody else who is in my shoes, don’t forget that, of course, the isolation doesn’t necessarily apply to the people you share your home with, your partner can still go out shopping or whatever.

‘Your housemates can still go out to exercise but you have got to make sure that you continue to observe social distancing from them.

‘Your kids can obviously continue to go to school but you’ve got to make sure you observe social distancing from them and follow the basics, hands, face, space.’

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