Boris Johnson is unlikely to be seen in public for the following week after a member of his speedy household examined optimistic for Covid, Downing Road has stated.
Whereas self-isolation for contacts of coronavirus circumstances is now not obligatory, Johnson’s spokesman stated the prime minister would heed steerage to restrict outdoors contacts as a lot as potential for seven days after the take a look at.
The spokesman declined to say whether or not it was Johnson’s spouse, Carrie, or one of many couple’s two younger youngsters who had examined optimistic, saying solely that it was an instantaneous member of the family with whom the PM lived.
The interval caught inside No 10 comes at an arguably fortuitous time for Johnson, who faces intense scrutiny over his attendance at a social occasion in the No 10 backyard throughout the first lockdown in Could 2020.
The prime minister had been scheduled to go to a vaccination centre in Lancashire on Thursday, the place he would have been anticipated to face his first media questions on his apology for attending the occasion, and his excuse that he believed the bring-your-own-drinks gathering had been a work assembly.
Johnson’s spokesman stated: “The PM is following steerage to do every day exams and restrict contact with others. The optimistic take a look at was Wednesday, so the PM will proceed in this steerage up till and together with Tuesday of subsequent week.
“Consistent with the steerage, he’s lowering contact. He’ll be working from No 10, doing every day exams and limiting contact with others each outdoors No 10 and certainly inside No 10 as properly, having restricted contact with others in the constructing, and conducting conferences on-line.”
Requested if this meant Johnson wouldn’t be noticed for the following week, the spokesman stated: “Consistent with the steerage, which is to restrict shut contact as a lot as potential and to do business from home as a lot as potential, you wouldn’t anticipate the prime minister to go outdoors of that steerage. However that doesn’t essentially preclude him doing any media interviews.”
Authorities steerage says speedy contacts of people that take a look at optimistic are “strongly suggested” to take every day exams, and to “restrict shut contact with different folks outdoors your family”.
Johnson often movies a transient, pooled broadcast interview on visits such because the one scheduled for Thursday, and would inevitably have confronted questions each in regards to the alleged occasion and about calls for him to resign from a few of his MPs after he admitted attending it.
In a assertion earlier than prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, Johnson accepted for the primary time that he had been on the 20 Could 2020 gathering and that this was a mistake, whereas additionally trying to defend his actions.
Saying the No 10 backyard was on the time routinely used as “an extension of the workplace”, Johnson argued that he had believed the occasion was a work gathering, and that the occasion “might be stated, technically, to fall inside the steerage”.
Whereas the prime minister and a collection of cupboard ministers stated folks ought to now wait for an inquiry into the 20 Could occasion and different alleged lockdown events, being led by the senior civil servant Sue Grey, Johnson has confronted calls to give up now.
After Johnson’s assertion, one of many Conservatives’ most senior backbenchers, William Wragg, and Douglas Ross, the chief of the occasion in Scotland, publicly referred to as for Johnson to resign, saying his place had turn into untenable.