Updates from Prime Minister and Health secretary as Boris in isolation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tweeted that he is “in good health and have no symptoms” after being instructed to self-isolate.

In a video posted to Twitter he said: “Hi folks, the good news is that NHS Test and Trace is working ever-more efficiently, but the bad news is that they’ve pinged me and I’ve got to self isolate because someone I was in contact with a few days ago has developed Covid.

“It doesn’t matter that we were all doing social distancing, it doesn’t matter that I’m fit as a butcher’s dog, feel great – so many people do in my circumstances.

“And actually it doesn’t matter that I’ve had the disease and I’m bursting with antibodies. We’ve got to interrupt the spread of the disease and one of the ways we can do that now is by self isolating for 14 days when contacted by Test and Trace.”

Mr Johnson, who has gone into coronavirus self-isolation after being in contact with an MP who has Covid-19, is “absolutely fine”, Matt Hancock has said.

The Health Secretary told Times Radio that he understands that the Tory MP Lee Anderson is also “OK”.

“The Prime Minister is absolutely fine,” Mr Hancock said.

“He’s self-isolating because he’s been in close contact with Lee Anderson.

“Mr Anderson has coronavirus, and I understand he’s OK.

“And the Prime Minister’s self-isolating because he’s been in close contact and you know these are the rules that we all live by now and the Prime Minister is following the rules, exactly the same as everybody else.”

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Mr Hancock was asked about a photograph of the meeting between Boris Johnson and Lee Anderson, which appeared to show the pair closer than two metres apart.

When asked if more care should be taken when dealing with someone as important as the Prime Minister, Mr Hancock told Times Radio: “Well, we are very careful.

“For instance, probably more often than not, when I see the Prime Minister I see him by Zoom. But also, we meet in a work environment or face-to-face.

“I think the important thing is that everybody has to follow these rules and the Prime Minister is no exception.

“I think it demonstrates that this virus can catch us all and we’ve all got to be careful.”

He said Mr Anderson’s Covid-19 test was turned around “very rapidly”.

“It’s not easy for anybody to follow if you have to self-isolate, but it’s working effectively to keep people safe and that’s what it’s all about really,” he added.