British PM Johnson Self-isolating After COVID-19 Contact
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is selfisolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID19, a fresh setback after infighting amongst his top advisers plunged Downing Street into chaos last week.
- Last Updated: November 16, 2020, 02:54 IST
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LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, a fresh setback after infighting amongst his top advisers plunged Downing Street into chaos last week.
“He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” the spokesman said. “The prime minister will follow the rules and is self-isolating.”
The British leader had been hoping to seize back the initiative after last week’s drama in Downing Street.
Johnson’s office said on Friday that Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s most powerful adviser and a fellow veteran of the Brexit referendum, will stop working for him next month.
Negotiations with Brussels over a post-Brexit trade deal are reaching a climax ahead of the Dec. 31 expiry of Britain’s transition period with the European Union. Johnson also has to decide his next move on England’s coronavirus restrictions after he ordered a four-week lockdown that is due to end on Dec. 2.
(Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Timothy Heritage and Leslie Adler)
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