Sir Keir Starmer self-isolates after family member shows Covid symptoms

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is self-isolating after a member of his household showed possible coronavirus symptoms.

A spokesman for Sir Keir said: “This morning Keir Starmer was advised to self isolate after a member of his household showed possible symptoms of the coronavirus.

“The member of his household has now had a test. In line with NHS guidelines, Keir will self-isolate while awaiting the results of the test and further advice from medical professionals.”

Sir Keir took part in a phone-in on LBC radio this morning and his office has alerted the broadcaster about the situation.

During the phone-in he said he supported the Government’s “rule of six” restrictions which have come into force this week.

He said: “I do support the ‘rule of six’.

“I think you need something simple, easily understood and I think the Government was slow back in February and March to appreciate the problem it was about the face and we can’t repeat that error again, so I do support the ‘rule of six’.

“We’ve publicly come out in support of it and I will say, as I said to the Prime Minister I would, as the leader of the Opposition I say to everybody, please follow the Government advice, please follow these rules.”

He added: “You can make the argument of why not five or why not six or seven – you have to go with a number backed by the science and they say six and I think we should abide by that rule.”

Sir Keir said ministers’ “side of the bargain” was to improve NHS Test and Trace and to ensure more people were self-isolating now that fresh social restrictions had been put in place.

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