6.1 C
Ireland
Friday, December 3, 2021

Boris Johnson drops plan to skip quarantine after Covid close-contact following public backlash

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak have been contacted by the NHS test and trace system after being a close-contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case.

The Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced yesterday that he has tested positive for the virus.

-AD-

Downing Street said earlier that both leading politicians will not be self isolating, but instead take part in a daily contact testing pilot which allows them to continue on essential Government business.

However, following substantial public and political backlash, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister has said Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will now both self isolate in line with public health guidance.

“He will not be taking part in the testing pilot,” the spokesperson for Johnson said.

-AD-

“He will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely. The Chancellor has also been contacted and will also isolate as required and will not be taking part in the pilot”.

POPULAR

Government reintroduces PUP as restrictions implemented

The Government has announced it will reinstate the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) for all workers who lose their jobs as a result...

Taoiseach announces wave of new restrictions taking effect December 7th

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has announced a wave of new restrictions, which will take effect from December 7th. The National...

Police charge parents of US school shooting suspect

The parents of the Michigan teenager who authorities allege fatally shot four classmates at his school earlier this week have been charged...

WHO urges people not to panic as no deaths associated with Omicron reported

The World Health Organisation has urged people not to panic about the new Omicron Covid-19 variant. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan...
Ireland
broken clouds
6.1 ° C
6.5 °
5.8 °
96 %
2.8kmh
69 %
Fri
6 °
Sat
6 °
Sun
5 °
Mon
7 °
Tue
6 °