Identified as a contact case, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have to isolate himself, but only when he is not working because he is taking part in a pilot programme, Downing Street announced on Sunday.
Boris Johnson thus avoids forced isolation at home that would have been particularly undesirable when almost all restrictions linked to the coronavirus were lifted on Monday, which was renamed “Independence Day”.
“A pilot program of daily screenings”
A Downing Street spokesman said Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak “have been contacted by the public health service because they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid.” Health Minister Sajid Javid on Saturday announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will however avoid complete isolation as “they will participate in a pilot program of daily screenings” which “allows them to continue working from Downing Street”. “They will only do essential government business during this period,” the spokesperson said.
Restrictions lifted in UK
The United Kingdom, one of the worst-hit countries in Europe by Covid-19, which has killed more than 128,600 people there, saw infections climb for weeks to more than 54,000 cases on Saturday.
Despite these figures, Boris Johnson announced the lifting of almost all remaining restrictions in England from Monday, including the obligation to wear a mask or social distance, preferring to rely on the “individual responsibility” of each.
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