British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who battled coronavirus infection in an intensive care unit earlier this year, is in self-isolation after re-exposure to the virus, officials said on Sunday.
In a statement, No. 10 Downing Street said Johnson had no symptoms but would follow directions from the UK’s National Health Service, which recommends self-isolation after prolonged exposure to someone with the virus.
“He will continue to work on Downing Street leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” the statement said.
The move came after Johnson met MP Lee Anderson on Thursday. Anderson developed symptoms after the meeting and later tested positive for coronavirus.
After contracting the virus in March, Johnson, 56, said he survived on “liters and liters of oxygen.” Doctors were preparing to announce his death, he said.
There are few documented cases where people have been re-infected with coronavirus Experts have said It is unclear how widespread the phenomenon is.
Two weeks ago, Johnson announced new coronavirus lockdown measures after the country saw a sharp surge in cases in October. according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University. As of Saturday, the country had recorded 1.3 million cases and more than 51,000 deaths since the pandemic began.
Sunday’s announcement came after a turbulent week at 10 Downing Street that saw the resignations by Johnson’s chief political strategist and chief adviser Dominic Cummings and communications advisor Lee Cain.