Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced he is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus this morning, just days before the UK Government unlocks all the restrictions on July 19. In a tweet, he said: “This morning I tested positive for Covid. I’m waiting for my PCR result, but thankfully I have had my jabs and symptoms are mild. Please make sure you come forward for your vaccine if you haven’t already.”
He added he took a lateral flow test on Friday evening after feeling “a bit groggy” and has been returned a positive result.
The Bromsgrove MP will quarantine at home with his family while he awaits the result of the more accurate PCR test.
But many may have noticed Mr Javid spent yesterday in a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
And four days before, he also made a visit to a care home in Streatham, south London.
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If the PCR test proves positive, he will be the latest senior Government figure to contract the virus.
Mr Craig added: “Is the Prime Minister going to have to isolate? We could be looking at a Covid scare at the very top of Government.”
Mr Javid was in the Commons on Wednesday, where he told MPs that it was the “right time to get our nation closer to normal life”.
He said: “To those who say ‘why take this step now’ I say ‘if not now, when?’
“There will never be a perfect time to take this step because we simply cannot eradicate this virus.”
He added the Government’s approach was “about balancing the harms that are caused by Covid with the undeniable harms that restrictions bring”.
He also admitted “cases are rising, propelled by the new, more transmissible, Delta variant”, however.
Prior to his test yesterday, Mr Javid also visited a care home in Streatham on Tuesday.
Sky News reporter Mr Craig added: “That’s three or four days ago. Probably before the period of infection.”
Mr Javid tweeted that he had received a first shot of Oxford/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on March 17.
He later posted a picture of him getting a second dose on May 16.
Official estimates show about 578,000 people are thought to have had coronavirus last week, as cases rising thanks to the highly transmissible Delta variant.
And while the vaccines are thought to protect against developing serious symptoms of the virus, you can still catch Covid even if you’re double jabbed.
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