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Sajid Javid, the top government official tasked with leading the UK’s coronavirus response, announced on saturday who has tested positive for COVID-19 after being vaccinated.
In a video posted on Twitter, the health secretary said he learned of his results from a quick lateral flow test, usually used for people without coronavirus symptoms, and was waiting for a more accurate PCR test while isolating at home.
Javid said he took the test Saturday after “feeling a little groggy” the night before. You have received both doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and says her symptoms so far have been “very mild.”
This morning I tested positive for Covid. I am waiting for my PCR result, but luckily I have had my punctures and the symptoms are mild.
Make sure to show up for your vaccination if you haven’t already. pic.twitter.com/NJYMg2VGzT
– Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) July 17, 2021
It comes as England is ready to roll back restrictions after one of the strictest lockdowns in the world.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this month that facial masking and social distancing requirements would be removed by Monday, along with crowd limits at private gatherings, concerts and sporting events. In pubs, customers can once again order pints at the bar.
At the same time, infections have increased dramatically. In the last week, 300,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK, 40% more compared to the previous week.
The delta variant, which has been found to spread about 225% faster than the original version of the virus, now accounts for more 90% of infections in the country and is behind the COVID-19 waves in some areas.
Two-thirds of British adults are fully vaccinated; children are not eligible yet.
Javid supports the national reopening. Days before your positive test result, he said vaccines would build a “protective wall” to help “weather a summer wave.”
On Saturday, Javid encouraged unvaccinated people to get vaccinated. He also recommended getting tested for COVID-19, regardless of the status of the vaccine, if exposure to the disease is suspected or if symptoms are felt.
AstraZeneca says its vaccine fully protects against death and is 92% effective against hospitalization for the delta variant.
Javid has served as secretary of health for less than three weeks. Matt Hancock abruptly resigned last month after violating coronavirus distancing rules. Hancock was caught on CCTV kissing an assistant.