British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and finance minister Rishi Sunak will both self-isolate in line with national guidance, abandoning heavily criticised plans to take part in a pilot scheme that would have allowed them to continue working.
The U-turn comes a day after health minister Sajid Javid said he had tested positive for COVID-19 and at a time when the government’s coronavirus response is under intense scrutiny.
Almost all remaining restrictions in England will be lifted on Monday despite a surge in infections as ministers put their faith in the advanced vaccine programme.
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— Reuters (@Reuters) July 18, 2021
BREAKING: All of Britain except Wales moved to Denmark’s travel red list as cases surge https://t.co/nDzMybEdQm
— Metro (@MetroUK) July 17, 2021
My positive result has now been confirmed by PCR test, so I will continue to isolate and work from home.
Here’s a handy reminder of which test you may need and when: pic.twitter.com/cX7Ypye3X6
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) July 17, 2021
Britain faces disruption to food supplies, transport networks and industry as Covid-19’s third wave intensifies, hours before Boris Johnson is set to lift most pandemic restrictions https://t.co/qdS3AXKFCU
— The Sunday Times (@thesundaytimes) July 18, 2021