UK PRIME minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating in Downing Street after it emerged that a Conservative Party MP he met with last week was infected with coronavirus at the time.
Lee Anderson, the MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, was one of several Tory MPs to attend a breakfast meeting at No.10 this past Thursday.
Anderson subsequently experienced a loss of his sense of taste a day later while his wife suffered a “bad headache” in a development that prompted the couple to get tested for the virus.
The couple’s results came back positive early on Sunday morning with a Downing Street spokesperson stating that the Prime Minister was notified by NHS Test and Trace that he would be required to self-isolate as a result.
Johnson had posed for a picture alongside Anderson at the event, with neither man wearing face masks and standing just a few feet apart for the camera.
The news that the Prime Minister would be forced to self-isolate broke late on Sunday evening.
No.10 has so far refused to be drawn on when Johnson received the notification that he would be required to self-isolate at home.
"The Prime Minister has today been notified by NHS Test and Trace that he is required to self-isolate as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19,” a spokesperson said.
"The Prime Minister will follow the rules and is self-isolating.
"He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the Government's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
"The PM is well and does not have any symptoms of Covid-19."
Johnson spent three nights in intensive care after contracting Covid-19 back in April and later admitted "the NHS saved my life, no question".
The UK Prime Minister is not suffering from any symptoms and experts believe cases of reinfection are likely to be rare.
He posted a video online to reassure the public he is “fit as a butcher’s dog”.
Johnson said: "The good news is that NHS Test and Trace is working ever-more efficiently, but the bad news is that they've pinged me and I've got to self-isolate because someone I was in contact with a few days ago has developed Covid.
"It doesn't matter that we were all doing social distancing, it doesn't matter that I'm fit as a butcher's dog, feel great.
"And actually, it doesn't matter that I've had the disease and I'm bursting with antibodies. We've got to interrupt the spread of the disease and one of the ways we can do that now is by self-isolating for 14 days when contacted by Test and Trace."