British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is once again overtaken by the Covid-19 pandemic. He went into solitary confinement after coming into contact with a person infected with the new coronavirus, a spokesman for Downing Street, the headquarters of the British leader’s services, announced on Sunday evening.
The head of government, severely affected by Covid-19 several months ago, feels “good” and has “no symptoms” of the disease, said the same source. The spokesperson added that Boris Jonson would continue to work from Downing Street, “notably to lead the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic”.
Boris Johnson has been told by the public health service’s NHS case-tracing system that he must self-isolate after contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. “The Prime Minister is going to follow the rules and have gone into solitary confinement,” Downing Street said. He met a small group of MPs last Thursday, including Lee Ashfield, who later developed symptoms and tested positive. The meeting lasted about 35 minutes.
“Follow the rules, that’s what I’ll do”
The duration of the Prime Minister’s isolation has not been specified. In a case like this, it is, according to the rules in force, set at 14 days, according to the NHS site.
In a video posted online this Monday morning, the head of government referred to this duration. He also praised the effectiveness of the tracing system, even though he himself was “pinned”. He also expressed his “optimism”. “Together we will beat this disease. Follow the rules, that’s what I’m going to do, ”assuring, in writing, that he would continue his government activities.
The Prime Minister intends to address the country during his isolation, according to Downing Street, and will give more details when the time comes. He must study with the services of the Parliament how he can take part in the business of this one.
Affected in April by the Covid-19, Boris Johnson spent about a week in hospital in London, including three days in intensive care. He thanked the caregivers who “saved his life”, citing in particular the nurses present at his side during the 48 hours when “everything could have changed.”
VIDEO. Coronavirus: Boris Johnson thanks the medical staff who “saved his life”
With nearly 52,000 dead within 28 days of testing positive, the UK is the hardest-hit country in Europe in the pandemic that has claimed 1.3 million lives worldwide. England is currently experiencing its second lockdown, scheduled to end on December 2, after four weeks.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr