Sajid Javid, Britain’s new Health Secretary, said in a short video on Twitter on Saturday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, just two days before nearly all of the country’s virus restrictions were lifted.
“I was feeling a little stunned last night, so I did a lateral flow test this morning, and it came back positive,” said the health secretary, 51, who smiled and seemed in good spirits. . Britain has distributed the easy-to-use lateral flow tests as a way to encourage people to test themselves or get tested for the virus.
Mr Javid said he had already received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine and his symptoms were “very mild”. He added that he was isolating himself at his home with his family and was awaiting the results of a PCR test, which is believed to be more accurate, for confirmation.
Mr Javid was appointed health secretary in June after Matt Hancock, who had led the country’s pandemic response, resigned after being accused of violating coronavirus restrictions in tabloid reports on his liaison with an assistant.
The British government had planned to end England’s pandemic rules on June 21, but a surge in cases driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant led Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay lifting the restrictions by four weeks, until Monday .
So far, around 53 percent of the UK population has been fully vaccinated and around 69 percent have received a single dose of a vaccine, according to a New York Times database.
In his video, Mr Javid thanked everyone who has been involved in the country’s immunization program, and he encouraged everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so.
“If everyone plays their part,” said the Health Secretary, “you are not only protecting yourself and your loved ones, but you are also protecting the NHS and helping to protect our way of life. “