U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson went into self-isolation Sunday after the country’s tracing program notified him he had come into contact with someone who later tested positive for coronavirus, nearly eight months after the prime minister was infected with the virus in March.
- Johnson was told of the contact Sunday by the National Health Service’s Test and Trace program, and is required to self-isolate per government guidance.
- A spokesperson from Number 10 Downing Street said the prime minister is “well,” not exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms and expects to work from home throughout the two-week isolation period.
- The prime minister met this week with Lee Anderson, a Tory lawmaker who later tested positive for the virus.
- A handful of cases have been documented in which people who have recovered from Covid-19 have been reinfected.
It’s at least Johnson’s second brush with the coronavirus, having already tested positive in March. His symptoms started out mild, but by early April he was hospitalized and later admitted to intensive care for several nights, where he said NHS staff saved his life. “Things could have gone either way for me,” he said when he returned to work in mid-April after recovering. Johnson’s exposure comes as England is under its second nationwide lockdown, and as deaths in the United Kingdom attributed to coronavirus reach numbers not seen since spring.