Boris Johnson and Rishi contacted by Test and Trace -but will still work at Downing Street

Boris Johnson outlines plans to help UK 'level up'

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Downing Street said the pair would be participating in a daily contact testing pilot to “allow them to continue to work from Downing Street.”

A spokesperson added: “They will be conducting only essential government business during this period.”

It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced late on Saturday a full PCR test had confirmed the result of an earlier rapid lateral flow test that he has contracted the virus.

He said in a message posted on his Twitter feed: “My positive result has now been confirmed by PCR test, so I will continue to isolate and work from home.”

A further swathe of ministers and senior officials could also be confined to their homes when lockdown restrictions in England finally end on Monday.

The timing could hardly have been worse for Government with scientists voicing increasing concern at the idea of ending all statutory legal controls while cases continue to surge.

It raises the prospect that “freedom day” will descend into chaos with ministers reduced to welcoming the changes remotely from their living rooms.

Mr Johnson has repeatedly said he wants the lifting of lockdown to be “irreversible”, but in recent days ministers have begun to sound more cautious.

While social-distancing rules in England will come to an end, Government guidelines advise face masks should still be worn in enclosed spaces such as in shops and on public transport, while pubs and bars should be table service only.


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