Boris Johnson slammed for isolation pilot involvement by Soubry
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Prime Minister Mr Johnson and Chancellor Mr Sunak sparked outrage on Sunday after they initially said they would not be following strict quarantine rules, and instead be taking part in “the daily contact testing pilot” – despite being contacted by NHS Test and Trace. In a statement, No10 said this would allow them to “continue to work from Downing Street” and they would “be conducting only essential government business”.
The move sparked outrage and they later backed down, with both the Prime Minister and Chancellor saying they would instead be self-isolating.
However, the move has not only sparked fury across the political spectrum, but TfL has also hit out – after supposedly being one of the organisations taking part in the pilot.
BBC’s Political Correspondent Nick Eardley wrote on Twitter: “TfL: ‘The Government has indicated that we could be part of a trial whereby daily tests would replace the need for self-isolation.
“We are still waiting for formal notification from them that we are part of this trial’.
Govt had said TfL was covered.”
The pilot Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak were said to be taking part in is different to the daily contact testing study whereby people will be told to test for COVID-19 rather than having to self-isolate.
The pilot is said to cover 20 companies and requires the participating organisations to have an asymptomatic testing site.
Any individual who participates must self-isolate when not at work.
This means that you have to self-isolate at home but can still go to work.
Eligibility for the pilot scheme is said to be assessed on a case by case basis.
No10 later confirmed Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak would not be taking part in the pilot.
A spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister and Chancellor have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace as contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid.
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“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.”
It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed he had tested positive for the virus.
Express.co.uk has contacted the Department for Health for comment.
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