Sajid Javid positive for Covid: Health Secretary isolating Ive had my jabs

Sajid Javid announces he’s tested positive for coronavirus

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed on Saturday afternoon that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. The Conservative frontbencher shared the news on his personal Twitter account with a video message to the British public. Accompanying the video, Mr Sajid renewed his appeal to Britons to come forward for their Covid jabs, saying: “This morning I tested positive for Covid. I’m waiting for my PCR result, but thankfully I have had my jabs and symptoms are mild.

“Please make sure you come forward for your vaccine if you haven’t already.”

In the video, Mr Sajid said: “Hi everyone! I just wanted to update you all that I’ve tested positive for Covid.

“I was feeling a bit groggy last night so I took a lateral flow test this morning and it’s come out positive.

“I’m now self-isolating at home with my family until I get the results of a PCR test.”

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He continued: “I’m grateful that I’ve had two jabs of the vaccine and my symptoms are very mild.

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s 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 and get them as soon as you can. And, if like me, you 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.”

Mr Sajid added: ‘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. Thank you.”

The Health Secretary, who took over from Matt Hancock last month, has been driving efforts to promote vaccination among vulnerable groups as well as promoting the Government’s plans for social care reform through visits to care homes and hospitals in recent days.

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The Health Secretary’s diagnosis comes amid concerns from the British Government about a surge of the Beta (South Africa) variant in France threatening to spill over into the UK.

The UK announced on Friday double-jabbed residents and citizens returning from France would still need to self-isolate for 10 days despite regulation for most amber countries set to change from Monday, July 19.

Prof John Edmunds, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said he could understand concerns over the variant that have led to last-minute travel rule changes.

Ministers said the move was a precautionary measure due to concerns over the “persistent presence” of the Beta variant in the country.

Prof Edmunds told the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme: “The Beta variant has remained a threat throughout. It is probably less infectious than the Delta variant that is spreading here in the UK at the moment. Where it has an advantage is that it is able to escape the immune response to a better extent.”

He added: “As the population here becomes more and more immune, the conditions are right then for the Beta variant to get an advantage, so I can understand the concern.

“Of the variants that are out there and are known about, that one has always been a threat to us. There is some good evidence from South Africa that it can evade the immune response generated by the AstraZeneca vaccine more efficiently.”

The Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is among the four approved vaccines administered to millions of people in the UK in recent months.

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