Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak reverse decision to avoid self-isolation following ping by NHS contact tracing

Following the Health Secretary’s diagnosis with COVID-19, the Prime Minister and Chancellor were notified by NHS Test and Trace that they had been into contact with someone infected.

Originally, they revealed that they had been “randomly selected” to partake in a pilot scheme, in which they could receive daily tests in exchange for not self-isolating.

Uproar flared across the country, with those from all sides of the political aisle accusing the government of hypocrisy and elitism, with there being “one rule for them, another for us.”

Keir Starmer took to Twitter to attack the Prime Minister, comparing the move to “a slap in the face to everyone who has made sacrifices”.

Reversal to self-isolation

Chancellor Sunak tweeted early Sunday morning to confirm his new plans to self-isolate.

A Downing Street spokesperson also released a statement detailing the PM’s plans to work remotely from Chequers.

The reversal came quickly after cabinet minister Robert Jenrick went on Sky News to defend the PM, yet stress the importance of following test and trace protocols.

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