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US News Boris Johnson And Rishi Sunak Could Have To Self-Isolate If Alok Sharma Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Says No.10

20:25  04 june  2020
20:25  04 june  2020 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Business Secretary Alok Sharma wipes his face during a speech in the House of Commons, London. Sharma has been tested for coronavirus after becoming visibly unwell in the debating chamber. © Getty Business Secretary Alok Sharma wipes his face during a speech in the House of Commons, London. Sharma has been tested for coronavirus after becoming visibly unwell in the debating chamber. Boris Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak could be forced to go into 14-day self-isolation if cabinet minister Alok Sharma tests positive for Covid-19, Downing Street has confirmed.

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Sharma is currently in self-isolation after displaying a high temperature while at the despatch box, but his test result has not yet been received, the spokesperson said.

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No.10 stressed that the meeting of Johnson, Sunak and Sharma had observed usual social distancing rules but said that if the test-and-trace professionals advised them to go into a fortnight’s self-isolation they would do so.

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“He did attend the meeting in No. 10, which took place before cabinet. That was a discussion on the economy. And in terms of who was present, it was the prime minister, the chancellor, and the business secretary.

“Should the secretary of state receive a positive test, then he will work with the test and trace service to share information about his recent interactions. They will be able to provide the necessary advice.

Alok Sharma in a suit standing in front of a sign © PA “Meetings which are taking place in No.10 are all properly socially distanced. It is not as simple as saying that if you have been in a room with someone and you test positive you are required to self isolate. The guidance sets out there is more to it than that.”

However the guidance does state that there would be need for a full discussion about any contacts within a “workplace”.

During the Commons debate yesterday, Sharma was seen wiping his face with a handkerchief several times and his opposite number in Labour’s shadow cabinet, Ed Miliband, passed him a glass of water at one point.

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Stay at home as much as possible to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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