Boris and Rishi Sunak were allegedly forced to make a U-turn, according to Robert Peston.
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak allegedly turned off self-isolation because if they did not, “no one would” observe the tight quarantine restrictions, according to Robert Peston.
After being in direct touch with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, Test and Trace alerted the Prime Minister and Chancellor. Initially, No10 stated that they were both exempt from quarantine because they were participating in a daily contact testing trial.
Both, however, have already verified that they will be self-isolating.
ITV’s Political Editor Robert Peston has stated they will isolate as a result of their U-turn, claiming that “no one would” otherwise.
“Wow. @BorisJohnson and @RishiSunak have now opted to isolate and not participate in the exemption pilot,” he wrote on Twitter.
“They came to the obvious conclusion that if they didn’t isolate nearly no one would.”
Wow. @BorisJohnson and @RishiSunak have decided to segregate themselves from the exemption pilot. They came to the obvious conclusion that if they didn’t isolate, nearly no one would pick. twitter.com/NCBBDd22yp
The government’s pilot approach allows those who have been contacted to continue doing what they need to do.
According to Downing Street, eligibility for the pilot is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Mr Peston questioned if Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak were chosen at random earlier today.
They were, however, part of a different pilot plan than the broader public, according to a government press statement.
The initiative presently involves 20 organizations from the “commercial and public sectors,” according to the news release.
Network Rail, Transport for London (TfL), Heathrow, and Border Force are among them.
“Participating persons must self-isolate when not at work,” it continued.
Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak will now self-isolate for 10 days, according to a representative for No10.
“NHS Test and Trace has contacted the Prime Minister to indicate he is a contact of someone with Covid,” they stated.
“When Test and Trace reached him, he was at Chequers and will remain there to isolate.
“He is not going to be a part of the testing pilot.
“He will continue to have talks with ministers via video conferencing.
“The Chancellor has been contacted as well, and he will be isolated as needed and will not be participating in the pilot.”
While it is unclear who the Prime Minister and Chancellor met, it comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he had tested positive for the illness.
Mr Javid said in a video on Twitter: “Hi everyone! I simply wanted to give you an update. ”Brinkwire Summary News,” as it is known.