Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak self-isolated in the UK

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The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will now self-isolate after contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who tested positive for coronavirus, in the UK. Mr Javid tested positive on Saturday morning after a meeting at Downing Street the day before, and both Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak were contacted by NHS Test and Trace. In contrast to common practice, 10 Downing Street announced that the Prime Minister and Rishi Sunak – Chancellor of the Exchequer – would not be isolating, and would instead be participating in a pilot scheme and going into his office to continue “essential Government business.” The announcement caused a significant fury on social media, with the topic of self-isolation already a sore subject with the British public as more than 500,000 people told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace in the last week alone. Mass public backlash caused this announcement to be reversed in less than two hours. So three senior government ministers will be in isolation on the day almost all legal restrictions are lifted in England.

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They would only be able to carry out essential government business. This is the latest case in a string of Covid-related controversies involving the most senior of the UK Government. Covid rules are changing right now in England. Facemasks will no longer be required from what has been dubbed “Freedom Day.” Nightclubs and sporting events will also be free to function at full capacity and the government will no longer advise people to work from home.