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18th July 2021, 17:11

Boris Johnson in self-isolation ahead of England's 'Freedom Day' on Monday, as Covid numbers continue to rise

Boris Johnson has confirmed he is in self-isolation until Monday 26th July, after being 'pinged' by NHS Test & Trace.

This comes after Downing Street’s earlier statement that neither the Prime Minister nor Chancellor Rishi Sunak would be isolating after coming into contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Instead, both were said to be taking part in a pilot scheme of daily testing rather than quarantine.

However, the U-turn comes amid public criticism of what has been perceived as an exclusive rule for Mr. Johnson and Mr. Sunak.

The Prime Minister said he did briefly consider the idea of daily testing but decided 'it's far more important that everybody sticks to the same rules.'

Boris Johnson was at Chequers when he was contacted by the NHS, and will remain there for the duration of his 10-day period of self-isolation, conducting meetings remotely.

The news comes ahead of England’s much anticipated ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday, as Covid numbers continue to rise.

Meanwhile, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, told Sky News the UK’s third wave may not peak until late August or early September.