Johnson to isolate himself in Checkers following fury over quarantine breakout plan
By Press Association 2021
Boris Johnson has abandoned his plan to avoid quarantine after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace following a violent political backlash.
Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak originally planned to have daily tests rather than self-isolation following meetings last week with Health Secretary Sajid Javid who tested positive for Covid-19.
But in a dramatic turnaround, Downing Street said the two ministers would self-isolate rather than participate in a daily contact test pilot.
“The Prime Minister has been contacted by NHS Test and Trace to say he is someone’s contact with Covid,” a spokesperson said.
“He was at Checkers when contacted by Test and Trace and will stay there to self-isolate. He will not participate in the test pilot.
“He will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely. The Chancellor has also been contacted and will also self-isolate if necessary and will not participate in the pilot. “