© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers an update on the relaxing restrictions imposed on the country during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at a press conference inside the Downing Street Briefing Room in London, UK, July 12.
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Finance Minister Rishi Sunak will limit themselves to working from their offices and will be subject to daily COVID-19 testing after being identified as a contact for someone who gave positive for the virus.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“NHS Test and Trace has contacted the Prime Minister and Chancellor as contacts for someone who tested positive for Covid,” a statement from Johnson’s Downing Street office said Sunday.
Typically, anyone identified as a contact by the tracking scheme would be required by law to self-isolate for 10 days.
However, the government’s two highest-ranking ministers will participate in a pilot study that will allow them to continue working from their offices and only isolate themselves when they are not working.
“They will participate in the daily contact test pilot to allow them to continue working from Downing Street,” Downing Street said. “They will only conduct essential government business during this period.”
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