UK's Boris Johnson to self-isolate after minister's COVID-19 infection
Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak were both designated contacts of a COVID positive person but are taking part in a government pilot scheme that enables them to continue working.
LONDON – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will undertake "only essential government business" in the week ahead after the state health service designated him a close contact of a person infected with Covid, Downing Street said Sunday.
Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak were both designated but are taking part in a government pilot scheme that enables them to continue working, a spokesperson said, after Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed on Saturday he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Participating individuals must take daily tests and self-isolate when not at work, according to the pilot's rules. The development comes just as Johnson's government prepares to jettison most pandemic restrictions in England on Monday.