The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is self-isolating after being in contact with an MP who had developed coronavirus symptoms.
The PM met with a small group of MPs in No10 on Thursday morning including Lee Anderson, the MP for Ashfield. Mr Anderson subsequently developed symptoms for COVID-19 and has now tested positive.
Johnson, has acted on the advice of NHS Test and Trace that, owing to factors such as the length of the meeting (approx. 35 minutes), he should self-isolate. He will follow the same rules that every other member of the public is asked to abide by.
The PM intends to continue speaking to the country during his self-isolation period, and we will set out further details in due course.
No10 will also speak with the Parliamentary authorities to discuss what options are available for the PM to take part remotely in some Parliamentary business.
A No10 spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister has today been notified by NHS Test and Trace that he is required to self-isolate as a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
‘The Prime Minister will follow the rules and is self-isolating.
‘He will carry on working from Downing Street, including on leading the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘The PM is well and does not have any symptoms of COVID-19.’