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PM was not alongside staff member who tested positive for Covid – No 10


Downing Street has denied that the Prime Minister has come into contact with a staff member who tested positive for Covid-19.

The Guardian reported on Friday that a Number 10 official participating in Boris Johnson’s visit to Scotland had to self-isolate after testing positive.

The newspaper also said the two have been “side by side” on several occasions, but Boris Johnson is not isolating himself.

Labor criticized the Prime Minister, describing the decision as “another example of a rule for them and another for everyone”.

Boris Johnson meets investors in Fraserburgh wind farm projects during his visit to Scotland (Jane Barlow / PA)

A spokesperson for Number 10 said: ‘The Prime Minister regularly visits communities across the UK and all aspects of the visits are carried out in accordance with Covid guidelines.

“The Prime Minister has not come into close contact with anyone who has tested positive. “

According to The Guardian, the staff member isolated in Scotland after testing positive and “all those identified as close contacts have been urged to do the same”.

Anyone who is fully vaccinated must currently participate in quarantine if contacted by NHS testing and traceability.

Quarantine rules change on August 16, allowing those who are fully vaccinated to avoid isolation.

In July, Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak both had to go into self-isolation for 10 days, after coming into close contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who was infected with Covid.

Initially, the prime minister and Mr Sunak had attempted to avoid isolation by claiming that they would instead participate in a daily pilot testing program.

However, they both did an about-face and decided to spend the 10-day isolation period at home after public pressure.

Mr Johnson spent his period of self-isolation at Checkers, participating in the Prime Minister’s Questions during the final week before the parliamentary summer recess via a live video link.

Labor Party Chairman Anneliese Dodds said: “It is clear that the Prime Minister has learned nothing from what happened the last time he tried to concoct a raison d’être above rules that everyone must follow.

“The top conservatives really take the public for fools. This is yet another example of a rule for them and another for everyone else.