Boris Johnson self-isolates after contact tests positive for coronavirus

Nellie Chapman
November 17, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in precautionary self-isolation on Monday after contact with a lawmaker who tested positive for COVID-19.

Boris Johnson spent three days in intensive care with coronavirus in April.

It follows a meeting with a group of Tory MPs at Downing Street on Thursday, including backbencher Lee Anderson who yesterday revealed he and his wife had tested positive for Covid-19.

Johnson said it didn't matter that he has already endured COVID-19 and is "bursting with antibodies".

The British leader has said that his coronavirus case was seriously worsened by being overweight, but that he had since lost 26 pounds (12 kilograms).

But the country remains hard-hit, recording more than 50,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus from more than 1.3 million positive cases.

"They're going to go big on greenery, they're going to go big on trans rights, they're going to go big on generally not causing offence to anybody and, I've no doubt, taking the knee to BLM [Black Lives Matter] and other Marxist organizations", he said.

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New press secretary Allegra Stratton will be sent to meet Conservative MPs to "soften" the government's image, and health secretary Matt Hancock will face Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain - breaking Downing Street's 201-day boycott of the ITV show.

"Getting a vaccine - whether it's for flu or hopefully for coronavirus - is something that not only protects you but protects the people around you".

Downing Street had insisted that Mr Johnson would present a committed policy launch on social justice, "levelling up" and coronavirus over the coming weeks following the sudden exit from No 10 of his senior adviser Dominic Cummings and communications director Lee Cain.

The news comes at a hard time for Johnson, whose office saw the departure of two top aides last week amid factional infighting.

The Prime Minister posted a video on Twitter on Monday morning, explaining that the NHS Test and Trace system is working "evermore efficiently".

Johnson is expected to deliver a keynote speech later this week on a "green" economic recovery from the pandemic, which will set out how the government plans to create "thousands of jobs", he added.

Mr Cummings, the mastermind behind Vote Leave's "Take Back Control" slogan during the European Union referendum, left amid rumours of rows with Downing Street colleagues.

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