LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is undergoing self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, a fresh setback after the infighting among his top advisers that plunged Downing Street into chaos last week.
A spokesman for the prime minister said on Sunday that Johnson, who was hospitalized with the new coronavirus earlier this year, is in good health and has no symptoms.
“He will continue to work from Downing Street, including leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” the spokesman said. The prime minister will follow the rules and isolate himself. “
Johnson met a group of lawmakers on Downing Street on Thursday including Lee Anderson, a Conservative Party member who developed symptoms of COVID-19 and tested positive.
The British leader had been hoping to regain the lead after last week’s Downing Street drama.
Johnson’s office said Friday that Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s strongest adviser and fellow Brexit veteran, will stop working with him next month.
Negotiations with Brussels on a post-Brexit trade agreement reached a climax before Britain’s transition period with the European Union ended on December 31. Johnson also has to decide his next step on coronavirus restrictions in England after he ordered a four-week lockdown that is set to end on December 2.
Written by William Schomberg; Edited by Timothy Heritage and Leslie Adler