U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who battled a coronavirus infection in intensive care earlier this year, is in self-isolation after having been exposed to the virus again, officials said Sunday.
In a statement, No. 10 Downing Street said Johnson wasn’t experiencing symptoms but would follow guidance from Britain’s National Health Service, which recommends self-isolation after prolonged exposure to someone who has the virus.
In his official Twitter, Boris stated to have come into contact with a person who had tested positive. “Today I was notified by NHS Test and Trace that I must self-isolate as I have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, but am following the rules and will be working from No10 as I continue to lead the government’s pandemic response”.
“He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the government’
The news comes as the United Kingdom struggles to contain a resurgence of the virus.
A second lockdown imposed in England barring effectively all nonessential activity is in effect and due to expire in early December. Johnson has defended the measure, saying that there is “no alternative.”