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UK PM Johnson & Chancellor Sunak won’t self-isolate despite having had contact with infected health minister

Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace “as contacts of someone who has tested positive” for Covid-19, No. 10 confirmed on Sunday. But they will not observe full self-isolation protocols in response.

Instead, the top officials “will be participating in the daily contact testing pilot to allow them to continue to work from Downing Street,” the statement said.

Johnson and Sunak were flagged by the tracing system after Health Secretary Sajid Javid tested positive for Covid-19. His infection was confirmed by two subsequent tests on Saturday. Javid announced his diagnosis in a video address on Twitter, saying he was self-isolating at home with his family.

The Johnson cabinet doesn’t have a particularly stellar record for observing its own Covid-19 rules – the latest example being Matt Hancock, Javid’s predecessor as health secretary, who was accused of breaching social distancing measures in pursuit of an affair with his aide. Hancock resigned last month after his amorous adventures were exposed by the press.

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