Boris Johnson from UK self-isolates after contact with coronavirus case
Johnson met with a group of Tory MPs for about 35 minutes on Thursday. One, Lee Anderson, later developed symptoms of coronavirus and tested positive.
In the video, Johnson said he had been “questioned” by the Testing and Traceability Network, which has come under scrutiny for its accuracy in alerting contacts of those infected. Johnson said his notification was proof the system was working.
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He suggested his previous diagnosis of COVID-19 put him at a lower risk of catching it again.
“Actually, it doesn’t matter that I had the disease and that I’m overflowing with antibodies,” he says. “We need to stop the spread of the disease and one of the ways we can do that now is to self-isolate when contacted by testing and tracing.”
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While there is a growing body of research suggesting that COVID-19 antibodies may be present for months after infection, the World Health Organization and scientists around the world have stressed that their presence does not equal immunity to reinfection.
At this point, experts believe that known incidences of re-infection are rare, although there are a few examples in the United States and Europe.
Johnson spent about a week in hospital with the illness in April, including three nights in intensive care.
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The Prime Minister’s 14-day self-isolation comes at a difficult time for his government.
Johnson is to lead meetings to decide on the next steps in the UK’s response to the pandemic. It is also a pivotal week for Brexit, as negotiations with the EU reach their final stages.
Britain has recorded nearly 52,000 deaths of people testing positive for the virus – the highest toll in Europe. As of November 16, there had been more than 1,372,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the UK, according to an ongoing count from Johns Hopkins University.
– with files from the Associated Press
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