UK: Labour Party leader to self-isolate after his kid tests positive for Covid

WION Web Team
London, United Kingdom Published: Jul 21, 2021, 08:36 PM(IST)

Sir Keir Starmer Photograph:( Reuters )

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Keir Starmer, leader of UK's Labour Party, will be self-isolating after he learned that one of his children had tested positive for coronavirus. This news has come at a time when PM Boris Johnson, FM Rishi Sunak are also self-isolating after they came in close contact with Sajid Javid

A little after the UK’s health secretary tested positive and Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak also self-isolated, another UK leader will be quarantining.

UK’s Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, will be self-isolating after one of his children tested positive for coronavirus today.

This news came a little after Starmer had finished attending the Commons for today’s session of PMQs. As per local reports, Starmer got to know about his kid testing positive only after his appearance at the PMQs ended.

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He had earlier tested negative for coronavirus, when he took a test on Wednesday morning.

However, he will now be beginning the quarantine process, with his whole family.

"One of Keir's children tested positive for COVID this lunchtime," Labour leader’s spokesperson said. "In line with the rules, Keir and his family will now be self-isolating."

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This is the fourth time Starmer has had to self-isolate since the pandemic began. The self-isolation will also hinder his plans of launching "safer communities" campaign on Thursday.

“Keir was already doing daily tests and tested negative this morning. He will continue to take daily tests,” the spokesperson added.

The recent breach of Covid in the UK’s leadership has sent a shiver of concern around the country as it signals a surge in cases. However, it has also raised concerns about the reopening of the economy which has been severely criticised by several experts.

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