British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after potential publicity to coronavirus
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with a MP who tested positive for coronavirus, a government spokesman said in a statement.
Johnson, who spent three days in an intensive care unit after being infected in April, shows no symptoms, according to the statement.
He was informed of the contact by NHS Test and Trace, a government contact tracing service, that he had come into contact with someone who tested positive and had to self-isolate.
“The prime minister will obey the rules and is self-isolating,” the statement said. “He will continue to work on Downing Street leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The possible disclosure came Thursday during an approximately 35-minute meeting between Johnson and members of Parliament, including Lee Anderson, a member of Johnson’s Conservative Party. Anderson later tested positive for the virus.
The news comes as the UK struggles to contain the virus resurgence.
A second ban imposed in England, which virtually excludes all non-essential activity, is in effect and expires in early December. Johnson has defended the measure, saying there is “no alternative”.