British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
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A British government spokesman said in a statement that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is isolating himself after contacting a member of Parliament who had tested positive for the Coronavirus.
The statement said Johnson, who spent three days in the intensive care unit in April after contracting the disease, was not showing symptoms.
He was notified of the contact by the NHS Test and Trace, a government contact tracing service, that he had contacted someone who tested positive and was required to self-isolate.
According to the statement, “the prime minister will follow the rules and isolate himself.” He will continue to work from Downing Street, including leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The potential revelation came on Thursday during a nearly 35-minute meeting between Johnson and members of Parliament, including Lee Anderson, a fellow member of Johnson’s Conservative Party. Anderson later tested positive for the virus.
The news comes as the UK struggles to contain a resurgence of the virus.
The second lockdown imposed in England that effectively blocks all non-essential activities is in effect and is due to end in early December. Johnson defended the action, saying there is “No alternative.”