- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under self-isolation after a member of the parliament who he spent time with last week announced he tested positive for the coronavirus.
- On Sunday, Conservative British parliament member Lee Anderson posted that both he and his wife tested positive. Anderson and Johnson had both attended a meeting on Thursday, The Guardian reported.
- A Number 10 spokesperson said Johnson “does not have any symptoms of Covid-19” and is self-isolating, according to a statement reported by The Guardian and the BBC.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under self-isolation after a member of the parliament who he spent time with last week announced he tested positive for the coronavirus, according to local media outlets including the BBC and The Guardian.
On Thursday, Johnson and Conservative British parliament member Lee Anderson both attended a 35-minute meeting that included MPs of the Conservative Party, The Guardian and the BBC reported. Anderson posted a photo on Facebook on Thursday, where he and Johnson stood side by side, both unmasked. Anderson said in the Facebook post that he had breakfast with Johnson at Number 10.
A few days after, on Sunday Anderson posted that he is “isolating” and that both he and his wife tested positive, referring to a tweet by BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg that Anderson had the novel coronavirus. According to Anderson’s Facebook post, he was tested Saturday and received results on Sunday.
A Number 10 spokesperson said that Johnson has not shown signs of the coronavirus and said he is in self-isolation, according to a statement reported by The Guardian and BBC: “The prime minister will follow the rules and is self-isolating. He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The PM is well and does not have any symptoms of Covid-19.”
In March, Johnson announced he tested positive for the coronavirus and was taken to the hospital ten days after. He was moved to intensive care and received oxygen treatment after his symptoms became severe.
At the end of October, Johnson announced a national lockdown in the wake of rising cases of coronavirus, which some ministers reportedly say will be in place until 2021. Currently, the UK has over 1.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.