Minutes after PMQs, Keir Starmer is placed in seclusion after a youngster tests positive for Covid.
SIR KEIR STARMER was pushed into coronavirus self-isolation less than two hours after participating in Commons PMQs.
The Labour leader is the latest politician to be placed under quarantine after coming into close contact with a Covid patient. As the so-called “ping-demic” continues to hit Westminster, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and Health Secretary Sajid Javid are all in isolation.
Hundreds of thousands of people are currently isolated around the country, with the rapid spread of illnesses wreaking havoc on Parliament.
“One of Keirâ€TMs children tested positive for Covid this lunchtime,” a representative for the Labour leader stated.
“Keir and his family will now be self-isolating in accordance with the guidelines.
“Keir was already doing daily testing, and this morning he came back negative.
“He’ll keep taking testing on a daily basis.”
This is the fourth time during the pandemic that the Labour leader has been forced to isolate.
He was scheduled to visit Wolverhampton on Thursday as part of a campaign to reclaim voter support.
Sir Keir chastised Mr Johnson for being alone when jousting with him in the Commons at 12 p.m.
He referred to the Prime Minister as the “Chequers one” and noted that the Prime Minister had spent “freedom day imprisoned in seclusion,” which he found amusing.
“Yesterday his business minister stated the app was an advice tool just, another Government minister said yesterday the app is only to help you to make educated decisions,” he said, criticizing Mr Johnson, who was participating virtually from his country estate of Chequers due to his isolation. “What does that even mean?”
“Of course, the Prime Minister and the Chancellor spent the weekend attempting to avoid total isolation,” he continued.
“How can the British people respect the rules when his ministers are always making them up as they go along?”
He joked that he hoped all the Conservative MPs in the Chamber had their apps turned on, referring to the number of them who were not wearing masks.
In response to Labour leader Ed Miliband’s remarks, Mr Johnson emphasized the value of isolation.
“Isolation is a critical part of our arsenal against Covid,” he stated.
“As everyone knows, we’re moving forward with a new system on August 16 based on testing, but in the interim, you should isolate to protect.”Brinkwire Summary News”.