After being dragged into No10 isolation row, TfL launches an attack – ‘Still waiting!’
Following the controversy over whether Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak would be participating in the new daily contact testing “trial,” TRANSPORT FOR LONDON has started an attack.
Despite being called by NHS Test and Trace, Prime Minister Mr Johnson and Chancellor Mr Sunak aroused controversy on Sunday when they first stated that they would not be adhering to rigorous quarantine guidelines and would instead participate in “the daily contact testing trial.” No10 claimed in a statement that they will be able to “continue to work from Downing Street” and “perform only essential government business.”
The idea generated anger, and they eventually backed down, with both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor declaring that they would instead isolate themselves.
However, not only has the move provoked outrage across the political spectrum, but TfL has also spoken out – despite allegedly being one of the pilot’s participants.
On Twitter, BBC Political Correspondent Nick Eardley wrote: “TfL: ‘
We may be a part of a study where daily tests replace the requirement for self-isolation, according to the government.
“We have yet to get formal information from them that we are a participant in this trial.”
TfL was said to be covered by the government.”
Mr. Johnson and Mr. Sunak are believed to be participating in a pilot project that is distinct from the daily contact testing trial, in which people will be told to test for COVID-19 rather than having to self-isolate.
The pilot is expected to involve 20 companies and will require each of them to have an asymptomatic testing facility.
When not at work, anyone who participates must self-isolate.
This means you must self-isolate at home while yet being able to work.
The pilot scheme’s eligibility is claimed to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak would not be participating in the pilot, according to No10.
“NHS Test and Trace has contacted the Prime Minister and the Chancellor as contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid,” a spokesperson said.
“They will take part in the daily contact testing pilot, which will allow them to continue working from Downing Street.”
“During this time, they will only be executing vital government business.”
It follows the confirmation by Health Secretary Sajid Javid that he had tested positive for the virus.
The Department of Health has been approached for comment by this website.