The new Health Secretary revealed he tested positive on Saturday morning (Picture: Sajid Javid/Twitter)
Sajid Javid has tested positive for coronavirus and is experiencing ‘mild’ symptoms, he has revealed.
The new Health Secretary said he took a lateral flow test on Saturday morning after ‘feeling a bit groggy’ and is now self-isolating at home while waiting for the results of a PCR test.
He added that ‘thankfully’ he has already had both doses of the vaccine.
In a video on his Twitter account, he said: ‘I was feeling a bit groggy last night, so I took a lateral flow test this morning and it’s come out positive, so I’m now self-isolating at home with my family until I get the results of a PCR test.
‘I’m grateful that I’ve had two jabs of the vaccine and so far my symptoms are very mild.’
The Bromsgrove MP was only appointed to the post last month following the resignation of Matt Hancock after CCTV footage emerged showing him kissing an aide in his office in breach of social-distancing rules.
He is seen by Tories as being noticeably keener than his predecessor on easing restrictions.
If the PCR test proves positive, he will be the latest senior Government figure to contract the virus.
Boris Johnson and Mr Hancock both succumbed during the first wave of the pandemic, with the Prime Minister being admitted to intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in London after falling seriously ill.
In his video, Mr Javid urged anyone who has not been vaccinated against Covid-19 to come forward to get a jab.
He said: ‘I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in our national vaccine rollout programme, truly the best of its kind anywhere in the world.
‘If you haven’t had your jabs yet, please get out there and get them as soon as you can, and if, like me, you might feel a bit groggy or you think you might have come into contact with someone who is positive, please also take a lateral flow test too.
‘If everyone plays their part, you’re not only protecting yourself and your loved ones but you’re also safeguarding the NHS and helping to preserve our way of life.’
Mr Javid visited the Aashna House care home in Streatham on Tuesday after earlier appearing in Parliament.
News of his positive test comes just two days before the legal restrictions imposed to control the spread of the virus are dropped in England.
Experts have said that daily cases – which surged past 50,000 yesterday – could double to 100,000 within a matter of weeks.
One of Mr Javid’s predecessors, Jeremy Hunt, today warned that the government may have to reimpose lockdown restrictions if infections continue to rise over the summer and into the autumn.
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