Sajid Javid self-isolates after testing positive for Covid
Sajid Javid, the new UK Health Secretary, said on Saturday he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was showing mild symptoms as the UK prepares to end the last of its restrictions on locking.
Javid said he would work from home after a PCR test confirmed he had coronavirus. “I was feeling a little groggy last night. . . so I am isolating myself now at home with my family, ”he said.
The news comes 48 hours before England is set to lift the last remaining Covid restrictions, despite the third highest number of cases of any country in the world, a move that has raised concerns among some leading scientists .
Javid said he was grateful to have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and therefore his symptoms were mild.
“If you haven’t had your jabs, go ahead and get them as soon as you can,” he said in a music video on Twitter.
“If everyone is playing their part, not only are you protecting yourself and your loved ones, but you are also protecting the NHS and helping to protect our way of life. “
Javid had a meeting on Friday with Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, who is now likely to be ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid app advising him to self-isolate to prevent the spread of Covid if he has it. on his smartphone.
Monday will be so-called ‘Freedom Day’ in England when the last restrictions are removed, marking the end of the third coronavirus lockdown. The changes will mean the reopening of nightclubs and theaters and an end to legally enforced social distancing and mask wearing – although the latter is still advisable in crowded indoor venues.
The new Health Secretary has been an enthusiastic supporter of reopening the economy, using his first speech in the House of Commons to insist the changes were irreversible. “No date we choose involves zero risk for Covid,” he said at the time. “We cannot eliminate it, rather we have to learn to live with it.”
Lucy Frazer, the government’s solicitor general, said on Friday it was possible that restrictions could be reimposed if deaths and hospitalizations again reached “unacceptable” levels.
Javid visited an elderly care home, Aashna House, in London on Tuesday.
As the UK daily case count rose to over 50,000 on Friday, global health experts on Monday condemned Johnson’s lifting of most legal restrictions on Covid-19 in England as “a threat to the world ”.
The UK has the third-highest number of cases in the world – only Indonesia and Brazil have more – and some scientists fear it may become fertile ground for new variants of Covid.
While the UK reported 51,870 daily cases – the highest figure since January 15 – scientists at an “emergency international summit” urged the Johnson government to “urgently reconsider its proposals to ‘action’.
Munira Wilson, Lib Dem health spokesperson, said news about Javid showed no one was safe from Covid-19.
“The government must rethink its reckless plans for Monday,” she said.
“By relaxing all the restrictions with the increase in cases, they are experimenting with people’s lives. Right now, they are pursuing a strategy of survival of the fittest, where the young and the most clinically vulnerable will remain helpless. “
Jeremy Hunt, chairman of the Commons Health Select Committee, warned there was a danger that England would have to resume lockdown in the fall if hospitalization rates rose too quickly during the summer.
Sign of the nervousness of the government, the ministers modified the system of “traffic lights” for travel abroad so that people returning from France should always isolate themselves for 10 days even if they have undergone two injections of Covid.