AA / Londres / Muhammad Mussa
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, the Finance Minister (Finance Minister), were forced to self-isolate after they had contact with the Health Minister, who tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
The couple were forced to change their faces after they previously ruled out self-isolation, arguing that they were part of a pilot project that would allow them to continue working from their desks. Their refusal sparked public outrage and a series of criticism from fellow Conservative parliamentarians.
“(Johnson) will continue to organize meetings with ministers remotely. The chancellor has been in contact and will also self-isolate. He will not be involved in the pilot,” a statement issued on Sunday by Downing Street said.
The two men’s self-isolation came just hours after Downing Street was plunged into confusion and chaos by the imminent lifting of nearly all Covid-19 restrictions on Monday, dubbed “Freedom Day”, as many government officials defended their plans to keep work going on. Despite the growing number of issues.
The officials’ previous refusal to self-isolate has sparked outrage and criticism, with many denouncing the government’s hypocrisy regarding following the coronavirus rules and advice it set out to the public.
Speaking to Sky News, Jonathan Ashworth, the opposition shadow health minister, said: “There will be workers across the country who will have to self-isolate because they have been exposed to the virus, including in public services, including the NHS. A lot of them will wake up this morning. To hear that there is a special rule, an exclusive rule, for Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, and they think that sounds like a rule for them and another for the rest of us.”
“There will be parents across the country who have suffered this year when their children are brought home because they were in a bubble and had to self-isolate,” he added.
Health Minister Sajid Javid tested positive for the virus on Saturday and had to self-isolate at home with his family while waiting for a PCR test. Javid had previously visited the nursing home where he was said to have contracted the virus.
Cases of coronavirus in the UK are now increasing, in large part due to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant and the reopening of the country.
The number of infections passed 50,000 on Friday, the highest number since last January, when the UK was in the grip of a third wave and a nationwide lockdown.
England is expected to drop the majority of its coronavirus restrictions on Monday, making it the freest country in Europe.
As part of the plan, the two-meter distance rule has been dropped, people will no longer be required to wear masks except on public transport, and entertainment venues will reopen.
* Translated from Arabic by Mourad Belhaj
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