Johnson reverses self-isolation decision following pushback

Sunday, 18. July 2021 15:40

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson backtracked on Sunday his plans to not self-isolate but rather take part in a pilot testing program, following major backlash both from the public as well as his political opponents.

A Downing Street spokesperson commented on the development saying that Johnson has been contacted by Test and Trace at the PM's Chequers country home, adding that he will remain there to isolate. The spokesperson emphasized that Johnson " will not be taking part in the testing pilot" and that he will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely.

At the same time, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak also announced he is withdrawing from the pilot testing scheme and will self-isolate. In a statement on Twitter, Sunak said that he recognizes "that even the sense that the rules aren’t the same for everyone is wrong," but was still complimentary of the idea of the test and trace pilot scheme.

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