Downing Street announced on Sunday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been identified as a case of contact, will have to self-isolate but only when he is not working as he is participating in a pilot programme.
And so Boris Johnson is escaping forced isolation at home that would have been particularly unwelcome when all coronavirus-related restrictions were lifted on Monday, renamed Freedom Day.
“Day Test Pilot Program”
A Downing Street spokesperson said that Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak “were contacted by the Public Health Service because they had been in contact with an individual who tested positive for Covid”. Health Minister Sajid Javid announced on Saturday that he had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
But Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will escape complete isolation because they will “participate in a pilot daily screening programme” which “allows them to continue working from Downing Street”. “They will only conduct essential government business during this period,” the spokesman said.
Lifting restrictions in the UK
The United Kingdom is one of the countries hardest hit in Europe by the Covid-19 virus, which has killed more than 128,600 people there, and the United Kingdom has seen a spike in infections for weeks, surpassing 54,000 cases on Saturday.
Despite these numbers, Boris Johnson announced the lifting of almost all remaining restrictions in England from Monday, including the obligation to wear a mask or social distancing, preferring to rely on the “individual responsibility” of each.
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