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Johnson self-isolating as week of policy announcements begins

Boris Johnson is beginning his first working day in self-isolation in Downing Street after meeting an MP who later tested positive for Covid-19.

The prime minister said he was “pinged” by NHS Test and Trace on Sunday and told to self-isolate, but remains well.

In a video on Monday, he urged others to “follow the rules” and self-isolate if contacted by the scheme.

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

It comes 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”.

They follow the dramatic departure of the PM’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings last week.

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.

Mr Johnson wrote on Twitter on Sunday night: “Today I was notified by NHS Test and Trace that I must self-isolate as I have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

“I have no symptoms, but am following the rules and will be working from No 10 as I continue to lead the government’s pandemic response.”

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