UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock told to self isolate by Covid tracers

Henrietta Brewer
January 20, 2021

The UK's health secretary Matt Hancock has said he is self-isolating after coming into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Matt Hancock, who fronted the Downing Street Covid-19 press conference last night, posted a video on Twitter from his home this morning revealing he received a notification.

"So you must follow these rules like I'm going to. I have got to work from home for the next six days, and together, by doing this, by following this, and all other panoply of rules that we have had to out in place, we can get through this and beat this virus", Hancock said.

THE UK Government's health secretary has been told to self isolate by coronavirus contact tracers.

Mr Hancock had Covid past year, but even those who have been infected before must isolate.

While it is not clear from Mr Hancock's statement if his isolation ends on Sunday or Monday, his period of quarantine suggests he was last in contact with the person who was infected on Wednesday or Thursday.

Mr Hancock's message comes as the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) statistics show that about one in 10 people across the United Kingdom tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies in December 2020. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Experts warn that antibodies from natural infection fade over time and therefore vaccines are seen as the strongest line of defence against the deadly virus.

He said that in some parts of the country the "vast majority" of people in their 80s have had their first dose - and specifically congratulated Slough for having already vaccinated every single elderly care home resident.

Yesterday from Number 10, Hancock warned Brits to not "blow it now" as he confirmed more than four million people across the United Kingdom had received the first dose of a Covid vaccine. This equates to 5.4 million people over the age of 16.

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