Mr Johnson must now self-isolate for two weeks but still wants to address the public and lead the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“The rules are the rules and they are there to stop the spread of the disease.”
The PM met a small group of MPs for breakfast in Downing Street Thursday morning, including Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield.
The pair were photographed together appearing to stand within two meters of each other and not wearing masks.
Mr Anderson then developed symptoms for COVID-19 and has now tested positive with his wife Sinead, who has cystic fibrosis.
He wrote on Facebook: “On Friday I lost my sense of taste at the same time my wife had a headache.
“I had no cough, no fever and I felt good. We both had a test on Saturday and the result came on Sunday morning. My wife and I have tested positive. I feel absolutely good and my biggest concern is my wife who is in the armored group.
“But we both feel good.”
A spokesperson for No 10 said: ‘The Prime Minister was informed today by NHS Test and Trace that he must self-isolate as a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID -19.
“The Prime Minister will follow the rules and self-isolate. He will continue to work from Downing Street, including leading the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The PM is fine and has no symptoms of COVID-19. “
Dominic Raab was left in charge of running much of the government when the Prime Minister was hospitalized with Covid-19 – but Boris Johnson never officially relinquished control.
Boris Johnson: This winter will not be easy
- Boris Johnson must now self-isolate for 14 days
If you are told to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app, government guidelines say:
- self-isolate for 14 days from the day of your last contact with the person who tested positive for coronavirus – as it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear
- do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or over the phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your place
- not have visitors to your home, including friends and family – except for essential care
- try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible
- the people you live with don’t need to isolate themselves if you don’t have symptoms
- people in your bubble of support don’t need to self-isolate if you don’t have symptoms
In May, Mr Johnson told The Sun On Sunday: ‘It was a tough old time, I won’t deny it. They had a strategy to deal with a “death of Stalin” type scenario.
“I was not particularly fit and knew there were contingency plans in place.
“Doctors had all kinds of arrangements for what to do if things went wrong.
“They gave me a face mask so I had liters and liters of oxygen and for a long time I had that and the little nose.
Mr Johnson told the paper that “the bloody indicators kept going in the wrong direction” and he kept asking himself, “How am I going to get out of this?” “
He said: “It was hard to believe that within a few days my health had deteriorated to this point. I remember being frustrated. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting better.
“But the wrong time came when it was 50-50 if they were going to have to put a tube in my trachea.
“That’s when it took a bit. . . they were starting to think about how to deal with it in terms of presentation.
He said he was “in denial” at first about the severity of his illness, and said doctors were correct in “forcing” him to go to St Thomas where he spent three nights in intensive care.
After leaving the hospital he said “the NHS has saved my life without a doubt”.
Labor MP Chris Bryant slammed the Prime Minister for appearing not to be socially estranged during Thursday’s meeting.
He tweeted: “I don’t understand. I thought England was on lockdown. What was the PM doing without maintaining a social distance with another MP? Am I missing something? “
He added: “I bet Jacob Rees Mogg decides to change the rules in the commons to allow the Prime Minister to take part in the debates even if he did not let Tracey Crouch [An MP diagnosed with breast cancer] participate in a debate on breast cancer.
Minutes after Boris’ announcement, the leader of the House of Commons announced that he would bring forward a motion to allow MPs to participate virtually in Parliament.