Ministers may have to spend ‘Freedom Day’ in quarantine due to a positive test for Sajid Javid.
After it was proven that Sajid Javid tested positive for Covid-19, ministers across Whitehall could be denied “Freedom Day.”
On Saturday, the newly appointed Health Secretary reported the positive result of a complete PCR test, confirming his infection with the virus. Because of the good sentiment among ministers, Whitehall employees may be forced to self-isolate on the fabled “Freedom Day,” which begins on Monday, July 19.
Ministers must now wait for NHS Test and Trace to start tracking down his recent close contacts and ordering them to quarantine.
“My positive result has now been confirmed by PCR test, thus I will continue to isolate and work from home,” Mr Javid wrote on Twitter.
When lockdown restrictions in England eventually ease on Monday, Mr Javid’s positive test result might mean a swath of ministers and top staff will be restricted to their homes.
After a lengthy meeting with the Health Secretary on Friday, No10 refused to comment on whether the Prime Minister would be among those who would need to self-isolate.
After feeling “a little groggy” the night before, Mr Javid said he took the initial lateral flow test on Saturday morning.
Mr Javid said he was having “minor” symptoms despite being fully vaccinated.
The Liberal Democrats’ health spokesman, Munira Wilson, said the Health Secretary’s positive test underscored the need for the government to reconsider its plans for July 19.
“This demonstrates that no one is immune to this devastating virus,” she stated.
“By removing all constraints and increasing the number of cases, they are playing with people’s lives.
“Right now, they’re pursuing a survival of the fittest strategy, leaving the young and clinically weak defenseless.”
Scientists and officials have expressed alarm about current Covid case statistics after the Department of Health reported over 54,000 new cases on Saturday, second only to the dreadful January outbreak.
From Monday, almost all Covid rules will be repealed, including mandatory facemasks, social distancing, signing into events, and quarantine-free travel to countries on the Amber List.
However, harsher self-isolation requirements will be in effect until the middle of August.
Adults will no longer be required to separate themselves if they come into touch with someone who has tested positive for the virus as of August 16.
Boris Johnson has stated repeatedly that the lifting of the lockdown should be “careful but irrevocable,” but has also stated that the “pandemic was far from ending.”