He will continue working from Downing Street (Picture: Getty)
Boris Johnson has been told to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, Downing Street has said.
The prime minister will continue working from Downing Street while in quarantine, a spokesman said.
It is understood that Mr Johnson was advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after meeting a small group of MPs in Downing Street on Thursday morning, including MP for Ashfield Lee Anderson.
Mr Anderson said on Facebook that he began experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 on Friday and, after being tested on Saturday, received a positive result on Sunday morning.
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Lee Anderson had a breakfast meeting with Boris Johnson in Downing Street on Thursday, the Ashfield MP wrote on Facebook afterwards.
His November 12 post read: ‘Breakfast With The PM. This morning I met with the PM at Number 10. I was there with my wish list for Ashfield and Eastwood. Investment is coming, you have my word on that.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson wearing a face mask participates in a service to commemorate the centenary of the burial of the Unknown warrior at Westminster Abbey on November 11 (Picture: Getty)
A Downing Street spokesman said the PM is not currently showing symptoms and is feeling well.
He said: ‘The Prime Minister has today been notified by NHS Test and Trace that he is required to self-isolate as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
‘The Prime Minister will follow the rules and is self-isolating.
‘He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.’
Boris Johnson was previously admitted to intensive care while battling Covid-19 earlier this year.
Mr Anderson said in a Facebook post that he had lost his sense of taste on Friday and went for a test the following day.
‘On Friday I lost my sense of taste at the same time my wife had a bad headache. I had no cough, no fever and felt well,’ Mr Anderson said.
‘We both had a test on Saturday and the result came in Sunday morning. My wife and I both tested positive.
‘I feel absolutely fine and my biggest concern is my wife who is in the shielded group. But we are both feeling good.’
It follows a week which saw Mr Johnson’s administration rocked by political drama with his close aides, chief adviser Dominic Cummings and communications director Lee Cain, exiting their posts.
The PM had been expected to lead a Downing Street press conference this week but will have to miss this.
On Monday, he was also expected to meet Tory MPs from the newly formed Northern Research Group (NRG), which was set up to press the case for ‘levelling up’ northern England.
The self-isolation period means he will also miss facing Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on Wednesday.
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