Boris Johnson 'still has coronavirus symptoms' as isolation nears end
Will Boris Johnson have to spend longer in quarantine? The Prime Minister still has ‘mild’ coronavirus symptoms but Downing Street says there is currently ‘no change’ to plan for him to end a week in isolation TOMORROW
- Mr Johnson has been self-isolating since testing positive last Friday
- Spokesman confirmed today that he still has minor symptoms of his illness
- Said there was no change to plan to follow rules for a seven-day quarantine
- But he declined to comment on whether the PM would be ‘at his desk’ on Friday
Mr Johnson (pictured in a Twitter video posted last night) has been self-isolating – while working – since testing positive last Friday
Downing Street today insisted that there was ‘no change’ to plans for Boris Johnson to end his coronavirus quarantine tomorrow, despite the Prime Minister still having symptoms of the illness.
Mr Johnson has been self-isolating – while working – since testing positive last Friday and current UK guidance is that it should last for seven days.
His official spokesman confirmed today that he was still experiencing minor symptoms of his illness.
But asked by reporters whether this would delay his re-emergence into the wider political setting he said: ‘We’re following the guidelines from Public Health England and from the chief medical officer which state that you need to self-isolate for a period of seven days, so no change in that.’
He added that they would follow advice ‘to the letter’ the spokesman but declined to comment on whether the PM would be ‘at his desk’ as normal on Friday.
‘We are more aware than anyone of what the guidelines are and we will ensure that they are followed.
‘The guidance is that you should stay at home for seven days or for longer if a high temperature persists.’
He declined to say which symptom of coronavirus the PM is still suffering from.
He has continued to chair daily Covid-19 meetings and the weekly Cabinet meeting, using webcams and online video conferencing technology (pictured)
Mr Johnson has made several video appearances to the public since going in to isolation.
In a video released from his self-isolation in Downing Street last night, he admitted mass testing was the solution to the ‘puzzle’.
‘We’re also massively increasing testing,’ Mr Johnson said.
‘As I have said for weeks and weeks, this is the way through: this is how we will unlock the coronavirus puzzle, this is how we will defeat it in the end.’
He has also continued to chair daily Covid-19 meetings and the weekly Cabinet meeting, using webcams and online video conferencing technology.
The Prime Minister will look to find a way to participate in the ‘Clap for our carers’ celebration on Thursday evening despite remaining in self-isolation, Number 10 also revealed today.
His spokesman said: ‘The PM definitely wants to find a way of expressing his continued appreciation for the fantastic efforts that NHS staff are making and the PM would urge as many people as possible to take part tonight.’
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