Boris and Rishi Sunak apologise: PM and Chancellor will sequester themselves after inciting a ruckus.
After been approached by NHS Test and Trace after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, BORIS Johnson and Rishi Sunak have reversed their decision and will not participate in a daily contact testing experiment.
Boris Johnson would instead isolate himself at Chequers, according to Downing Street.
The Prime Minister will “continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely,” according to a Downing Street official.
“While the test and trace pilot is fairly restrictive, permitting only critical government business, I recognize that even the idea that the regulations aren’t the same for everyone is wrong,” the Chancellor stated on Twitter.
“As a result, I’ll be self-isolating as usual and not participating in the pilot.”
The announcement comes after it was revealed on Saturday that Health Secretary Sajid Javid had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Prime Minister held a lengthy conversation with Mr Javid at No10 on Friday, according to the Express.
The initial announcement that both politicians had evaded the quarantine requirement enraged politicians across Westminster, forcing the descent from No10.
The action, according to opposition legislators, risks undercutting the government’s emphasis on self-isolation at a key time in the pandemic.
As a result of the decision, the Prime Minister will be confined to his official country residence on Monday, when most lockdown restrictions in England are lifted.
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“It appears Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak are now going to be self-isolating, the ferocity of the backlash appears to have resulted in a climbdown,” SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford tweeted.
“It’s really bad luck that things have turned out the way they did this morning. We are still in a position where the virus is rapidly spreading.”
It came as a scientist advising the government predicted that new cases could reach 200,000 per day before the current virus wave peaked.
Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modeling helped the government decide to order the first lockdown in March 2020, said it was “inevitable” that they will reach 100,000 a day after tomorrow’s “freedom day.”