Boris Johnson self-isolates after contact tests positive for coronavirus

edited November 2020 in Other Political Debate

LONDON — Boris Johnson is self-isolating but continuing to work from Downing Street following contact with an MP who later tested positive for coronavirus, a No. 10 spokesperson said Sunday evening.

The British prime minister met with a small group of MPs in Downing Street on Thursday morning, one of whom, Lee Anderson, subsequently developed symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. Johnson will continue to address the country during his isolation period and will discuss options for taking part in parliamentary business remotely.

“The prime minister will follow the rules and is self-isolating,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “The prime minister is well and does not have any symptoms of COVID-19.”

The timing of this period of self-isolation is awkward for Johnson, who, according to reports, had hoped to reset his premiership following the resignations of several senior figures from his Downing Street team last week.

Johnson was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in April and was moved to intensive care 24 hours later but later made a full recovery. His fiancé, Carrie Symonds, also suffered from coronavirus symptoms earlier this year and self-isolated.

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