Jul 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Boris Johnson to isolate for COVID exposure following public backlash

British PM Boris Johnson
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will isolate after being exposed to COVID-19, following backlash after he previously said he wouldn't, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The prime minister's announcement comes just a day after Health Secretary Sajid Javid said via Twitter that he had tested positive for coronavirus following a meeting with Johnson.

Catch up fast: 10 Downing Street initially announced that the prime minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak would not isolate to take part in a pilot program in which they'd go to the office to continue "essential Government business." The decision was reversed three hours later.

What they're saying: "I recognise that even the sense that the rules aren’t the same for everyone is wrong," Sunak wrote on Twitter Sunday. "To that end I’ll be self isolating as normal and not taking part in the pilot."

State of play: The majority of pandemic-related restrictions in England will be lifted Monday despite coronavirus cases rising by more than 50,000 a day, as the nation deals with the spread of variants of the virus, per Reuters.

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