Prime Minister Boris Johnson told to self-isolate after coming into contact with positive coronavirus case

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, it was confirmed tonight.

Mr Johnson – who does not have any symptoms – was notified by NHS Test and Trace, Downing Street said.

He is expected to work from Downing Street during his period of self-isolation.

The 56-year-old was admitted to intensive care while battling Covid-19 earlier this year.

It is understood that Mr Johnson was advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after meeting a small group of MPs in Downing Street on Thursday morning, including MP for Ashfield Lee Anderson.

Mr Anderson said on Facebook that he began experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 on Friday and, after being tested on Saturday, received a positive result on Sunday morning.

A Number 10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has today been notified by NHS Test and Trace that he is required to self-isolate as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

“The PM is well and does not have any symptoms of Covid-19.”

Mr Johnson announced on March 27 that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was self-isolating with “mild symptoms” including a high temperature and persistent cough.

He was later taken to hospital as a precaution after his symptoms, including a high temperature, persisted.