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BBC News 16 Nov 2020

Covid 19: Boris Johnson feeling 'great' as self-isolation begins


Boris Johnson has said he is feeling "great" on his first working day in self-isolation in Downing Street - after meeting an MP who later tested positive for Covid-19.

In a video on Monday, he urged others to "follow the rules" and self-isolate if contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

The prime minister said he was "pinged" by the scheme on Sunday.

On Thursday Mr Johnson spent about 35 minutes with Tory MP Lee Anderson, who lost his sense of taste the next day.

The PM's period of isolation begins as the government prepares a policy relaunch after fierce internal rows and departures from No 10.

Downing Street said a series of "critical announcements" would this week detail Mr Johnson's "ambitions for the United Kingdom".

Mr Johnson will chair "key Covid meetings" and work with Chancellor Rishi Sunak to devise the upcoming spending review with an aim to fulfil his promise to "build back better".

The PM will now be working from his flat at Downing Street.

Boris Johnson has appointed business minister Nadhim Zahawi to take charge of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and he says it will be an "enormous challenge".
British Prime Minister Boris #Johnson on Monday imposed a tiered system of further restrictions on parts of #England including shutting pubs as the #Covid-19 outbreak accelerates. "We must act to save lives," Johnson told parliament, adding that he did not want another national lockdown and that he understood the frustrations of those chaffing at the "repressions of liberty".
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the Prime Minister is 'full of beans' and ready to lead, despite being forced to self-islolate after meeting an MP who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Boris Johnson's need to quarantine comes in a critical week for post-Brexit trade negotiations, with a deal still yet to be agreed between the UK and EU.
The Test and Trace system in England has had its worst performance so far, with the latest figures showing just 15% of test results returned within 24 hours and less than 60% of contacts traced of those people who tested positive with coronavirus.

Boris Johnson said he shared "people's frustrations". He had promised to deliver a "world-beating" test and trace system and had pledged that all test results would be available within 24 hours by the end of June.

The government has faced criticism for contracting private companies with little experience of community healthcare provision to run the test and trace operation.

Many scientists believe that the pandemic can only be controlled with an effective test and trace system which allows those carrying the virus to be quickly identified and isolated.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News reporting by health editor Hugh Pym.

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